Bridget Carleton made a try that made a friendly bounce from the front of the edge to make the score 68-63 Minnesota with 1:11 to play and free kicks an ice 74-66 Lynx victory over the New York Liberty that Napheesa Collier scored for 21 points and 14 rebounds after it was revealed that she was playing through plantar fasciitis and that Kayla McBride dropped 25 points with nine boards on Tuesday night at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said Napheesa Collier is struggling with plantar fasciitis this season. She plays through it. the three days of leave Reeve gave her players this week should really help Collier.
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The victory enabled Minnesota to retain fourth place, which would give them a farewell to the first round if the season ends today, while Liberty was tied for eighth place with the Washington Mystics, who also lost Tuesday night has.
Lynx superstar Sylvia Fowles was added to the injury report on Tuesday afternoon as doubtful with a shoulder injury and Layshia Clarendon was added as a leg injury. Fowles eventually did not play, but Collier, who was struggling with a cold as well as plantar fasciitis, saved the day.
“I think if we know we have people out there, you should give a little more than you give on a normal night,” Collier said. ‘Because Syl, especially like rebounding, is such a great rebound person for us. So you need to focus on that a little bit more. ”
Lynx forward Damiris Dantas suffered a foot injury during a Tuesday night game and did not return.
Minnesota shot only 34.8 percent from the field and 5 of 26 from distance. However, it kept the Liberty to similar numbers: 32.4 percent from the field and 5-of-24 from the depths.
“We always preach that if your offense doesn’t get it right, you have to win anyway, you have to win with your defense,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said. “And that was the story for us to get a W here tonight.”
Aerial Powers scored 10 points and five rebounds in her third game due to a thumb injury – all three games were Lynx wins. Rachel Banham added eight points and five assists.
Sabrina Ionescu was New York’s best player with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Betnijah Laney also scored 17 points and rookie Michaela Onyenwere scored an 11-point, 10-rebound double.