The Minnesota Lynx have answered four losses to start the season with back-to-back victories.
The Lynx will get another chance of beating one of those teams once again on Sunday when they host the Atlanta Dream for the second time in three days.
Minnesota (2-4) stopped Atlanta’s four-game winning streak with Friday’s 86-84 win, a victory that was sealed by Napheesa Collier’s two free throws with 1.5 seconds left. Collier finished with 26 points.
Veteran post player Sylvia Fowles was limited to eight points after scoring at least 20 in three of her previous four games. She also had 11 rebounds.
The former WNBA MVP is averaging 17.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
“At the end of the day, my work speaks for itself,” Fowles said. “Ask any post player in front of me what it’s like playing against me.”
Fowles’ presence inside is a concern for the Dream (4-3), who saw post player Elizabeth Williams struggle by finishing with only two points and one rebound in 24 minutes.
Minnesota’s guard play matches with Atlanta’s strength on the perimeter.
Layshia Clarendon, a point guard, is averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 assists in her first two starts for Minnesota.
Other recent standouts for the Lynx include guards Kayla McBride and Crystal Dangerfield. McBride went 5 of 9 from 3-point range Friday, and Crystal Dangerfield came off the bench to score 10 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Tiffany Hayes had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Dream, who had not played since winning at the New York Liberty last Saturday.
Courtney Williams was held to 15 points on 6-of-18 shooting from the field. Backcourt mate Chennedy Carter missed the game Friday with a hyperextended right elbow injury. She is doubtful for Sunday.
The Dream received good production from their perimeter bench players with rookie guard Aari McDonald scoring a career-high 15 points and Crystal Bradford 12. The two were a combined 8-for-14 from 3-point range.
“Aari works hard. She knows what business she has to handle because she gets it done,” Williams said. “Aari has her head on straight in order to be successful.”
–Field Level Media