MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Crystal Dangerfield was 4 of 5 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points and Minnesota beat the Los Angeles Sparks 80-64 on Saturday night, spoiling the return of Lynx great — and current Sparks assistant coach — Seimone Augustus.
Do you remember Pam Borton, who put the Gophers womens basketball team on the map when she coached it to six NCAA tournaments in seven seasons, including the 2004 Final Four, and got fans to fill up Williams Arena?
The University of Minnesota womens basketball teams first full practice of the fall was well underway Monday in its shiny, new fifth-floor facility. On different points of the court, assistant coaches Carly Thibault-Dudonis, Danielle OBanion and Kelly Roysland were working with players.
The first time she got the ball Wednesday night, Sylvia Fowles got 6-foot-8 Liz Cambage on her right hip, spun and put a lefthanded shot off the glass. Next time down, a quick pass from Lindsay Whalen set Fowles up for a layup.
At the end of what she called “One of the craziest weeks of my life,” Lindsay Whalen returned to the Target Center cauldron, revisited her favorite portions of the paint, paid homage to her legacy and provided a reminder that it is customary to spell “grit” with a T.
With a veteran team and a condensed schedule thanks to this falls FIBA World Championships, staying healthy will be the key. There will be fewer days to practice, which is good for veterans.
The Lynx finished their two-game preseason with a resounding 87-58 victory over a relatively shorthanded Chicago team at Target Center.
Coach Cheryl Reeve went into the game wanting to give her starters a little extra run and looking to see the backup group get more acclimated.