The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Seattle Storm 86-73 on Tuesday, August 21. The game started with both teams taking on a quick pace, but the Storm, missing three key players, just did not have the legs to maintain their energy throughout the whole game.
The Lynx turned up the heat on the Storm and took the half 52-43. They threatened to run away with the game, taking a 15-point lead in the third. Although the Storm battled back to just a seven-point deficit, they just did not have the energy to pull ahead.
Siemone Augustus scored 22 points for the Lynx. Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson each added 20 points. The Lynx tied their season high record for three-pointers, knocking down 11 shots from behind the arc.
Although Lauren Jackson has returned to Seattle, she did not play against the Lynx on Tuesday. Her presence at Key Arena brought a tremendous amount of energy and excitement to her teammates and Storm fans. Jackson, who has missed the first 22 WNBA games of the season, was welcomed back to Seattle with a bouquet of flowers before a crowd of appreciative fans. Head coach Brian Agler has said that he wants Jackson to have an opportunity to attend at least one practice with the team before playing in a game.
The Storm were not only without Jackson on Tuesday night. They were also missing Ann Wauters, who is out with a strained Achilles tendon, and Tina Thompson, who sat out with a sprained knee. Without these three talented players, the Storm were limited to just eight players to take on the number-one seeded Lynx.
The Storm will play the Indiana Fever on Thursday, August 23. Although Agler has not confirmed whether Jackson will play in that game, I know that I am ready for her to put on her Storm uniform and remind her fans why she is a three-time MVP.
Anne Bucher has been a devoted follower of the WNBA since its inception in 1997. A Texas native, she cheered the Houston Comets on to their four consecutive championship titles. Now she lives in the Northwest and roots for the Seattle Storm.