THE BEGINNING OF A DYNASTY?
by Denise Saul
Youth, experience, leadership, desire, these were the main ingredients to the Minnesota Lynx incredible 2011 season. From the starters to the bench, the Lynx were, in a word, impressive. All pulled together by second year head coach Cheryl Reeve. The off-season moves made by Minnesota, propelled them to the Western Conference crown. Fifth-year forward Seimoine Augustus is finally healthy and showed the type of offensive superstar she is in this league. Augustus emerged not only as the Lynx top scorer (20 ppg), but also one of the players in the WNBA. Taj McWilliams-Franklin, at 40, the oldest player in the WNBA, brought championship experience and a steadiness to the starting five. Speaking of steady, Lindsey Whalen was as perfect as perfect can get, as the Lynx court leader. Rebekkah Brunson, was a monster on the boards and rookie sensation Maya Moore seamlessly fit the Lynx system without any pressures of rookieship. Need more evidence of Minnesota’ strength? They were the only team to boast four players in the all-star game this year (Augustus, Brunson, Moore and Whalen.)