The blowout at first turned into nail biting, and then an easy victory.
In the end, the Bobcats won the final battle. On Saturday, they took advantage of the fourth quarter to beat Washington 93-75 and completed four perfect home games.
Napheesa Collier scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Kayla McBride added 15 points to Lynx, winning five times in a row, 13 of 15 times.
But the bench is crucial again. The non-starter defeated Washington 39-18.
Aerial Powers scored 20 points and Rachel Banham scored 13 points, including three-pointers and a season-high 8 assists.
“The energy of the Associated Press is great for us,” Collier said. “In most cases, there are a lot of mediocre people in our team. She is definitely the most hyped person, and when she is like this, she brings a lot of energy.”
As for Banham?
“In fact, she is such an excellent three-point shooter, which makes her defense better, which helps everyone else, and she can also drive and shoot,” Collier said. “Just keep our offense flowing, create things for others, and make sure everything goes smoothly.”
Minnesota (18-9) leads Seattle by 18-9 percentage in the WNBA standings, and ranks third in the remaining five games, two games behind second-placed Las Vegas, the Bobcats Play against Las Vegas in Sin City on Wednesday. The top two seeds entered the semifinals bye, and the third and fourth seeds entered the second round bye.
Minnesota narrowed its lead to two points late in the third quarter and defeated the mysterious team 27-13 in the fourth quarter, including 5 of 9 3-pointers from the field.
“In recent games we have rejected a lot of open shots. Our focus in this game is to make it fly,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “This is my happiest thing. When we opened, we shot.”
Minnesota’s field goal percentage is 52.9%, including a high score of 11 points from beyond the three-point line this season.
The Bobcats kept Washington’s shooting percentage at 38.7%, and the fourth consecutive opponent, Minnesota, remained below 40%. The last time this happened was in July 2019. The team record is six consecutive championships in July 2013.
“In general, I like the defensive position of our team, plus our rebounding. I think we made more turnovers tonight than we saw, but this may be a by-product of how much Washington can distract you. “Reeve said.
Late in the first half, the Bobcats took a lead of 44-23 with a score of 27-4.
Minnesota passed the ball to Collier and Sylvia Falls, Bowles served powerfully, and Benham (twice), Bridget Carlton and McBride attacked from outside the three-point line ball.
Falls had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.
But Washington (10 wins and 17 losses) lost 35 of the next 49 points on 7 of 9 shots and 11 of 14 shots.
Then the Bobcats regained their magic power.
“A lot of the ball is just offensively moving, just moving it. When you hit a few shots, it also helps,” Bannerm said.
Natalie Achonwa’s layup started with a 17-0 score, including back-to-back three-pointers from Powers, McBride and Banham, which was buffered 81-62 in the 3.5 minutes of the final game.
“It’s about determining why it’s not pretty and what we are doing and making these adjustments,” Collier said. “We know everyone in the league is good, so they will continue to run. But we just need to make sure this is because of what we are doing.”
Ariel Atkins led the Mysteries with 25 points, and Tina Charles had 12 points and 8 rebounds.