2012 Minnesota Lynx season

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2012 Minnesota Lynx season
Head Coach Cheryl Reeve
Arena Target Center
Attendance 9,683 per game
Record 27–7
Place 1st (Western)
Playoff Finish Lost WNBA Finals
Team Leaders
Points Augustus (16.8)
Rebounds Brunson (8.90)
Assists Whalen (5.4)
Radio KLCI
Television FS-N
Minnesota Lynx seasons
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The 2012 WNBA season is the 14th season for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association. The Lynx are the defending WNBA Champions, having won the 2011 WNBA Finals over the Atlanta Dream. The Lynx qualified for the playoffs, and finished with the best record in the WNBA. On October 7, 2012, the Lynx won their second straight WNBA Western Conference championship, earning a spot in the 2012 WNBA finals.


WNBA Draft[edit]

The following are the Lynx' selections in the 2012 WNBA Draft.

Transaction log[edit]

  • April 11, 2011: The Lynx acquired a second-round pick in the 2012 Draft from the Atlanta Dream as part of the Felicia Chester/Rachel Jarry transaction.
  • April 11, 2011: The Lynx acquired a second-round pick in the 2012 Draft from the New York Liberty as part of the Jessica Breland trade.
  • April 11, 2011: The Lynx acquired a first-round pick in the 2012 Draft from the Washington Mystics in exchange for Nicky Anosike.
  • May 27, 2011: The Lynx swapped third-round picks in the 2012 Draft with the New York Liberty as part of the Quanitra Hollingsworth transaction.
  • January 23: The Lynx re-signed Jessica Adair.
  • January 26: The Lynx re-signed Taj McWilliams-Franklin.
  • February 2: The Lynx traded Alexis Hornbuckle to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2013 Draft.
  • February 10: The Lynx re-signed Candice Wiggins.
  • February 13: The Lynx signed Erin Thorn.
  • February 28: The Lynx traded Charde Houston and the 24th pick in the 2012 Draft to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for the 18th pick in the 2012 Draft.
  • April 25: The Lynx signed Queralt Casas, Jasmine Lee, and Porsche Poole.
  • April 26: The Lynx signed Tavelyn James and draft pick Julie Wojta.
  • April 29: The Lynx signed Brittany Rayburn.
  • May 2: The Lynx signed draft picks Devereaux Peters and Kayla Standish.
  • May 6: The Lynx waived Jasmine Lee, Tavelyn James, and Kayla Standish.
  • May 11: The Lynx waived Brittany Rayburn.
  • May 16: The Lynx waived Queralt Casas and Julie Wojta.
  • July 10: The Lynx signed Julie Wojta to a 7-day contract as an injury replacement.


Personnel changes[edit]


2012 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) 197 lb (89 kg) 12-19-1986 George Washington
G/F 33 United States Augustus, Seimone 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 04-30-1984 LSU
F 32 United States Brunson, Rebekkah 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 12-11-1981 Georgetown
F 6 United States Harris, Amber 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 01-16-1988 Xavier
F/C 8 United States McWilliams-Franklin, Taj 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 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
F 14 United States Peters, Devereaux 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 10-08-1989 Notre Dame
G 5 United States Thorn, Erin 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 145 lb (66 kg) 05-19-1981 Brigham Young
G 13 United States Whalen, Lindsay 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 05-09-1982 Minnesota
G 11 United States Wiggins, Candice 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 147 lb (67 kg) 02-14-1987 Stanford
G/F 22 United States Wright, Monica 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 171 lb (78 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)

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


Pos. Starter Bench
C Taj McWilliams-Franklin Jessica Adair
Amber Harris
PF Rebekkah Brunson Devereaux Peters
SF Maya Moore Monica Wright
SG Seimone Augustus Candice Wiggins
PG Lindsay Whalen Erin Thorn

Season Summary[edit]

First Half of Season[edit]

Expectations were high for the Lynx as they opened the 2012 season. The team returned all five starters from their 2011 championship season, including four all-stars. Those expectations were matched through the early part of the season, as the team set the WNBA record with 10 consecutive wins to start the season, before losing to Seattle on June 17.[1] The team then won two consecutive games to run their record to 12-1.

July proved to be a difficult month. The team lost three straight to start the month, and lost forwards Devereaux Peters and Rebekkah Brunson to injuries. The team signed guard Julie Wojta, who had been drafted by the team but cut after training camp, to a 7-day contract to provide depth. The Lynx rebounded by winning back-to-back games over the Tulsa Shock, and went into the Summer Olympic Break with a 15-4 record.


Three members of the Lynx—Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, and Lindsay Whalen—were members of the United States women's national basketball team for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The three players were the most contributed by any WNBA squad. The team won gold during the games, the second medal for Augustus, and the first each for Moore and Whalen.


Seimone Augustus missed two games in June with a strained quadriceps muscle. Jessica Adair underwent arthroscopic surgery on her knee on June 21. Devereaux Peters and Rebekkah Brunson both went out with injuries in July.

Second Half of Season[edit]

The Lynx returned to action on August 17, 2012, beating the Washington Mystics 98-69. They won their second game back, beating Tulsa 83-59 to clinch a berth in the playoffs.[2] It was the earliest in a season the Lynx had ever clinched a playoff spot.

The Lynx tied a WNBA record on September 7, when they came back from a 25-point deficit to defeat the Atlanta Dream in double overtime.[3]

The Lynx did not lose until September 11, when they fell to the Chicago Sky. By that point, the Lynx were comfortably ahead in the Western Conference standings; the team ultimately won the top overall seed in the playoffs, and matched a franchise record with 27 wins.

Season standings[edit]

Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Minnesota Lynx z 27 7 .794 16–1 11–6 17–5
Los Angeles Sparks x 24 10 .706 3.0 16–1 8–9 15–7
San Antonio Silver Stars x 21 13 .618 6.0 12–5 9–8 14–8
Seattle Storm x 16 18 .471 11.0 10–7 6–11 11–11
Tulsa Shock o 9 25 .265 18.0 6–11 3–14 5–17
Phoenix Mercury o 7 27 .206 20.0 3–14 4–13 4–18



2012 Game Log: Preseason (May)

Regular season[edit]

2012 Game Log: Regular Season
All games are viewable on WNBA LiveAccess or ESPN3.com


2012 Game Log: Postseason


  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]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Maya Moore was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of August 16, 2012
  • Maya Moore was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of September 3, 2012
  • Taj McWilliams-Franklin became the WNBA's all-time leading offensive rebounder
  • WNBA record for most consecutive wins to begin a season (10)
  • Team record for highest field goal percentage in a single game (.695), July 10 vs. Tulsa
  • Lindsay Whalen finished as a Peak Performer, averaging 5.4 assists.


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