In the beginning, there were not two starting and losing the third. Napheesa Collier and Kayla McBride triggered the understaffed Minnesota Bobcats on Tuesday.
Collier scored 21 points and tied a career high with 14 rebounds. This was her fourth double-double of the season. McBride scored 25 points, including 4 late ice hockey free throws and grabs. The next 9 rebounds helped the Bobcats beat the New York team 74-66. Target center.
But on that night, everyone must do more.
They made a hodgepodge lineup.
“You put people in a position where they didn’t take action, and we are trying to get people to move around,” coach Cheryl Reeve said.
In the third game after a torn ligament in her right thumb missed 13 points, Aerial Powers scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Rachel Banham had 8 points and 5 assists, and Jessica Shepard grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. Reeve has not inserted Banham or Shepard in the past two games.
“For me, it’s just controlling what I can do and being ready when my number is called,” Shepard said, as he stepped on a stationary car near the bench for part of the first half. bike.
Minnesota (16-9) only wore nine players because a pair of starters missed the game.
Center Sylvia Fowles scored 29 points, 20 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocks in the team’s last victory over Seattle, but fell on his left shoulder in the past week’s training. “We have to wait and see. It hurts too much,” Reeve said.
Guard Layshia Clarendon was out of the game due to pressure on her calf, wearing walking boots on her right leg.
Early in the second half, starting forward Dantas left the field with a foot injury.
“It is safe to say that this is not a trivial matter, so she may be another starter we won’t have at least in the short term,” Reeve said.
Natalie Achonwa started center for the first time this season, and Crystal Dangerfield started in the backcourt for the first time since the team’s fifth game. However, both men committed a third foul early in the second quarter.
“This is just the mentality of a next person,” McBride said. “We know the importance of Lay and Syl to us and our work, but this is a list of 12 people. … BCs 3 is huge, with the presence of Jess, the presence of Rachel, and the Associated Press in the In the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, she got an And-1, she was fouled and made two free throws. These momentum helped us settle down in the fourth quarter. Thanks to our bench, we defeated by a score of 25-6. We won’t win the game without them. It’s not always their job, but they are coming forward tonight.”
Bridget Carlton made a three-pointer with 1:11 left in the game, leading the Bobcats 68-63, but Michaela O’Neill made a three-pointer with 23.3 seconds left in the game. All counterattacked, bringing the Liberty team back to one city.
McBride’s four free throws allowed the Minnesota team to win for the third consecutive time and finished 11th in 13 games.
Neither team has a good shooting percentage. Minnesota’s 34.8% is the lowest of the season, but New York’s shooting percentage is only 32.4%, the lowest level of the Bobcats opponents this season. The two teams scored a total of 10 to 50 outside the three-point line, 5 times each.
“Our offense is very ugly…but we have been preaching that when your offense is not completed, you must win anyway. You use your defense to win,” Reeve said.
There was no Falls, and his 10 rebounds per game ranked second in the WNBA.
Collier said: “Knowing that we have someone out, you have to pay more money than usual at night.” “…If someone is absent, especially with such a big rebounder, you have to be aware of this. And she’s more active in rebounding because she won’t clean it up. I think that’s our mentality a lot of the time.”
Playing through plantar fasciitis and fighting a cold, Collier scored 6 points in the 13-6 game and ended the third quarter with a 57-49 lead. Bowles took her hand in the second half and scored 5 points in the game.
Bannerham scored 8 points in the second quarter to lead 35-30.
Betnijah Laney and Sabrina Ionescu each scored 17 points in New York (11-17), losing five consecutive games and losing eight of the nine games.