2011 Minnesota Lynx season

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2011 Minnesota Lynx season
Coach Cheryl Reeve
Arena Target Center
Attendance 8,447 per game
Results
Record 27–7 (.794)
Place 1st (Western)
Playoff finish Won WNBA Finals
Team Leaders
Points Augustus (16.2)
Rebounds Brunson (8.9)
Assists Whalen (5.9)
Media
Radio KLCI
Television FS-N
ESPN2, NBATV

The 2011 WNBA season is the 13th season for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association. The Lynx qualified for the WNBA Playoffs for the first time since 2004 and won their first Western Conference championship.

The Lynx finished the season with a 27-7 record, best in the WNBA and the best regular-season record in franchise history. They then defeated the San Antonio Silver Stars in three games and the Phoenix Mercury in two to reach the 2011 WNBA Finals.

The Lynx swept the Atlanta Dream to win their first WNBA championship.

Offseason[edit]

2011 WNBA Draft[edit]

The Lynx held the first overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and surprised nobody by selecting Maya Moore, a 6'0" forward out of Connecticut. Moore had won three consecutive Wade Trophies as the best player in women's college basketball, the only player to have done so. She had also won two championships with the Huskies.[1] The Lynx also held the fourth overall pick, which they used to select Amber Harris from Xavier. Both Moore and Harris would ultimately make the team out of training camp.

In the second round, the Lynx selected Jessica Breland, Felicia Chester, and Kachine Alexander. The Lynx ultimately released Alexander.

Free Agency[edit]

The Lynx declined to re-sign Hamchetou Maiga-Ba and Kristen Mann. Instead, they signed veteran center Taj McWilliams-Franklin and center/forward Jessica Adair, who had played one game with the Lynx in the 2010 season.

Trades[edit]

The Lynx traded the draft rights to Jessica Breland to the New York Liberty for Angel Robinson and a second-round pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft. They traded Felicia Chester to the Atlanta Dream for Rachel Jarry and a second-round pick in the 2012 Draft. They traded Quanitra Hollingsworth to the Liberty for the rights to swap third-round picks in the 2012 draft, and they traded Nicky Anosike for a first-round pick in the 2012 Draft. The Lynx ultimately waived Jarry and Robinson.

Transaction log[edit]

  • February 1: The Lynx signed Jessica Adair.
  • February 18: The Lynx signed Taj McWilliams-Franklin.
  • April 9: The Lynx traded Nicky Anosike to the Washington Mystics in exchange for their first-round pick in the 2012 Draft.
  • April 11: The Lynx traded draft rights to Jessica Breland to the New York Liberty for the draft rights to Angel Robinson and New York’s second-round pick in the 2012 Draft.
  • April 11: The Lynx traded Felecia Chester to the Atlanta Dream for Rachel Jarry and a 2012 second-round draft pick.
  • May 12: The Lynx waived Hamchetou Maiga-Ba.
  • May 27: The Lynx waived Angel Robinson and Kachine Alexander.
  • May 27: The Lynx traded Quanitra Hollingsworth to the New York Liberty in exchange for the right to swap third-round picks in the 2012 Draft.

Roster[edit]

2011 Minnesota Lynx roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From
C 1 United States Adair, Jessica 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 206 lb (93 kg) 12-19-1986 George Washington
G/F 33 United States Augustus, Seimone 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 04-30-1984 LSU
F 32 United States Brunson, Rebekkah 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 12-11-1981 Georgetown
F 6 United States Harris, Amber 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 01-16-1988 Xavier
G 14 United States Hornbuckle, Alexis 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 155 lb (70 kg) 10-16-1985 Tennessee
F 24 United States Houston, Charde 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 04-10-1986 Connecticut
F/C 8 United States McWilliams-Franklin, Taj 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 08-20-1970 St. Edward's
F 23 United States Moore, Maya 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 06-11-1989 Connecticut
G 13 United States Whalen, Lindsay 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 05-09-1982 Minnesota
G 11 United States Wiggins, Candice 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 154 lb (70 kg) 02-14-1987 Stanford
G/F 22 United States Wright, Monica 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 07-15-1988 Virginia
Head coach
United States Cheryl Reeve (La Salle)
Assistant coaches
United States Shelley Patterson (Washington State)
United States Jim Petersen (Minnesota)
Athletic trainer
United States Chuck Barta (Wisconsin-La Crosse)
Assistant trainer
United States Keith Uzpen (Minnesota State-Mankato)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Depth[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench
C Taj McWilliams-Franklin Jessica Adair
PF Rebekkah Brunson Amber Harris
Charde Houston
SF Maya Moore Monica Wright
SG Seimone Augustus Candice Wiggins
PG Lindsay Whalen Alexis Hornbuckle

Season standings[edit]

Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Minnesota Lynx x 27 7 .794 14–3 13–4 18–4
Seattle Storm x 21 13 .618 6.0 15–2 6–11 15–7
Phoenix Mercury x 19 15 .559 8.0 11–6 8–9 11–11
San Antonio Silver Stars x 18 16 .529 9.0 9–8 9–8 11–11
Los Angeles Sparks o 15 19 .441 12.0 10–7 5–12 10–12
Tulsa Shock o 3 31 .088 24.0 2–15 1–16 1–21

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2011 Game Log: Preseason

Regular season[edit]

2011 Game Log: Regular Season
All games are viewable on WNBA LiveAccess or ESPN3.com

Postseason[edit]

2011 Game Log: Postseason

Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  TO  Turnovers per game
 PF  Fouls per game Team leader League leader

Regular season[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]