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The 2019 WNBA season of the Minnesota Lynx will be their 21st season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Lynx finished the 2018 season with a record of 18–16, finishing fourth in the Western Conference and seventh overall in the league, while qualifying for the playoffs, before ultimately being beat by Los Angeles in the first Round of the 2018 WNBA Playoffs.

2019 Minnesota Lynx season
CoachCheryl Reeve
ArenaTarget Center
Attendance9,069 per game
Results
Record18–16 (.529)
Place4th (Western)
Playoff finish7th Seed; Lost in First Round to Seattle
Team Leaders
PointsOdyssey Sims – 14.5 ppg
ReboundsSylvia Fowles – 8.9 rpg
AssistsOdyssey Sims – 5.4 apg
Media
TelevisionFox Sports North, ESPN, NBATV
The Lynx in action at Dallas

On February 5, 2019, Maya Moore announced that she would not be playing in the 2019 season citing a need to spend more time with family and to focus on her ministry dreams. [1] On March 14th, the Lynx announced that they promoted Walt Hopkins to a full-time assistant coach, while also adding Plenette Pierson to an assistant coaching role. [2]

Despite Moore's retirement, the Lynx started off the season strong, going on a three game winning streak. However, they could not keep the momentum going winning only three of their next nine games, including a four game losing streak, to finish June with a 6–6 record. July proved to be more of the same with the team winning their first three games in the month, but losing their last three and finishing 4–4 for the month. August was another up and down month. The Lynx finished 6–5 on the month, which included losing three games and then winning three games to finish the month. The team did managed to extend their three game winning streak into a five game winning streak, but lost their season finale.

Their final record of 18–16 earned them the seventh seed in the playoffs. They faced off against the sixth seeded Seattle Storm. The Storm earned the right to host the game by winning the regular season series 3–1. Napheesa Collier scored a double double in her playoff debut, but it was ultimately not enough as the Lynx lost by ten points.

Collier's solid post season continued when she won Rookie of the Year. Collier is the fourth Lynx player to win the award, and the first since Maya Moore.

TransactionsEdit

WNBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality School/Team/Country
1 6 Napheesa Collier   United States Connecticut Huskies
2 16 Jessica Shepard   United States Notre Dame
2 18 Natisha Hiedeman   United States Marquette
2 20 Cierra Dillard   United States Buffalo
3 30 Kenisha Bell   United States Minnesota

Trades and Roster ChangesEdit

Date Trade
February 1, 2019 Signed F Karima Christmas-Kelly [3]
February 2, 2019 Re-Signed G Seimone Augustus [4]
February 8, 2019 Signed F/C Damiris Dantas [5]
February 22, 2019 Signed F Jillian Alleyne [6]
February 28, 2019 Re-Signed F Erlana Larkins and Signed F Kelsey Griffin [7][8]
April 10, 2019 Traded G Natisha Hiedeman to Connecticut in exchange for G Lexie Brown.[9]
April 11, 2019 Traded G Tanisha Wright to New York in exchange for a second round pick in the 2020 WNBA draft.[10]
April 17, 2019 Signed F Shao Ting[11]
April 22, 2019 Traded G Alexis Jones to Los Angeles in exchange for G Odyssey Sims.[12]
May 11, 2019 Waived G Cierra Dillard[13]
May 16, 2019 Waived G Taylor Emery[14]
May 21, 2019 Traded their third round pick in the 2020 WNBA draft to Chicago in exchange for C Alaina Coates[15]
Traded their second round pick in the 2020 WNBA draft to Phoenix in exchange for G Stephanie Talbot[16]
May 22, 2019 Waived F Erlana Larkins[17]
July 2, 2019 Signed F Asia Taylor and G Kenisha Bell[18]
July 13, 2019 Waived F Shao Ting and activated F Temi Fagbenle[19]
July 14, 2019 Waived C Alaina Coates[20]
July 19, 2019 Waived G Kenisha Bell[21]
July 25, 2019 Waived F Asia Taylor
July 30, 2019 Signed F Jillian Alleyne to a 7-Day Contract[22]
August 6, 2019 Signed F Jillian Alleyne to a 2nd 7-Day Contract[23]
August 13, 2019 Signed F Jillian Alleyne to a 3rd 7-Day Contract[24]
August 22, 2019 Signed F Bridget Carleton to a 7-Day Contract[25]

AdditionsEdit

Player Date Former Team
Karima Christmas-Kelly February 1, 2019 Dallas Wings
Damiris Dantas February 8, 2019 Atlanta Dream
Lexie Brown April 11, 2019 Connecticut Sun
Odyssey Sims April 22, 2019 Los Angeles Sparks

SubtractionsEdit

Player Date New Team/Reason
Lindsay Whalen August 13, 2018 Retirement
James Wade (Assistant Coach) November 18, 2018 Chicago Sky Head Coach
Maya Moore February 5, 2019 Taking Year Off

RosterEdit

Minnesota Lynx roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From Yrs
G 33   Augustus, Seimone (C) 6' 0" (1.83m) 172 lb (78kg) 1984-04-30 LSU 13
G 4   Brown, Lexie 5' 9" (1.75m) 158 lb (72kg) 1994-10-27 Duke 1
G/F 21   Carleton, Bridget 6' 1" (1.85m) 195 lb (88kg) 1997-05-22 Iowa State R
F 0   Christmas-Kelly, Karima   6' 0" (1.83m) 209 lb (95kg) 1989-09-11 Duke 8
G 24   Collier, Napheesa 6' 2" (1.88m) 182 lb (83kg) 1996-09-23 Connecticut R
F 92   Dantas, Damiris 6' 3" (1.91m) 206 lb (93kg) 1992-11-17 Brazil 4
F 14   Fagbenle, Temi 6' 4" (1.93m) 179 lb (81kg) 1992-09-08 Southern California 2
C 34   Fowles, Sylvia (C) 6' 6" (1.98m) 227 lb (103kg) 1985-10-06 LSU 11
F 23   Moore, Maya (S) 6' 0" (1.83m) 175 lb (79kg) 1989-06-11 Connecticut 8
G 3   Robinson, Danielle (C) 5' 9" (1.75m) 136 lb (62kg) 1989-05-10 Oklahoma 7
F 10   Shepard, Jessica   6' 3" (1.91m) 199 lb (90kg) 1996-09-11 Notre Dame R
G 1   Sims, Odyssey 5' 8" (1.73m) 163 lb (74kg) 1992-07-13 Baylor 5
F 8   Talbot, Stephanie 6' 2" (1.88m) 175 lb (79kg) 1994-06-15 Australia 2



East: ATLCHICONINDNYWAS | West: DALLVLAMINPHOSEA
Head coach
  Cheryl Reeve (La Salle)
Assistant coaches
  Shelley Patterson (Washington State)
  Walt Hopkins (University of Nevada, Reno)
  Plenette Pierson (Texas Tech)
Athletic trainer
  Chuck Barta (Wisconsin-La Crosse)
Assistant trainer
  Kate Taber (Iowa)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

WNBA roster page

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

2019 pre-season game log
2019 pre-season schedule

Regular SeasonEdit

2019 game log
Total: 18–16 (Home: 11–6; Road: 7–10)
2019 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

2019 playoff game log
Total: 0–1 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–1)
2019 playoff schedule

StandingsEdit

# Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
1 Los Angeles Sparks (3) 22 12 .647 15–2 7–10 10–6
2 Las Vegas Aces (4) 21 13 .618 1 13–4 8–9 11–5
3 Seattle Storm (6) 18 16 .529 4 11–6 7–10 10–6
4 Minnesota Lynx (7) 18 16 .529 4 11–6 7–10 7–9
5 Phoenix Mercury (8) 15 19 .441 7 9–8 6–11 5–11
6 e – Dallas Wings 10 24 .294 12 8–9 2–15 5–11

Notes

(#) – Conference Standing, Playoff Seeds shown to the right of team name
e – Eliminated from playoffs

PlayoffsEdit

 
First round:
Single elimination
(Sept. 11)
Second round:
Single elimination
(Sept. 15)
Semifinals:
Best-of-five
(Sept. 17 – Sept. 24)
WNBA Finals:
Best-of-five
(Sept. 29 – Oct. 10)
 
              
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Washington Mystics
3
 
 
4
Las Vegas Aces
1
 
 
 
 
 
4
Las Vegas Aces
93
 
 
 
5
Chicago Sky
92
 
5
Chicago Sky
105
 
 
 
8
Phoenix Mercury
76
 
1
Washington Mystics
3
 
 
 
2
Connecticut Sun
2
 
6
Seattle Storm
84
 
 
 
7
Minnesota Lynx
74
 
3
Los Angeles Sparks
92
 
 
6
Seattle Storm
69
 
 
 
 
 
2
Connecticut Sun
3
 
 
3
Los Angeles Sparks
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Note: Teams re-seeded after each round.

Semifinals
Team 1 2 3 4
1
Washington Mystics
97 103 75 94
4
Las Vegas Aces
95 91 92 90
Team 1 2 3
2
Connecticut Sun
84 94 78
3
Los Angeles Sparks
75 68 56
WNBA Finals
Team 1 2 3 4 5
1
Washington Mystics
95 87 94 86 89
2
Connecticut Sun
86 99 81 90 78


StatisticsEdit

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 seasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Odyssey Sims 34 34 31.9 41.5 26.9 79.5 3.4 5.4 1.4 0.1 14.5
Sylvia Fowles 34 34 29.5 58.8 0 70.7 8.9 1.5 0.9 1.4 13.6
Napheesa Collier 34 34 33.3 49.0 36.1 79.2 6.6 2.6 1.9 0.9 13.1
Danielle Robinson 34 26 27.0 43.7 22.0 87.9 3.5 3.7 1.2 0.2 10.1
Damiris Dantas 26 26 25.7 43.2 39.3 73.1 4.5 3.2 0.7 0.6 9.2
Lexie Brown 33 0 18.3 40.2 38.5 78.9 1.4 1.4 0.9 0.0 7.6
Temi Fagbenle 18 0 15.1 37.0 32.6 72.2 2.9 0.8 0.3 0.3 5.4
Stephanie Talbot 33 9 17.0 37.0 32.6 87.1 2.4 1.2 0.9 0.3 5.2
Jessica Shepard 6 0 18.7 31.3 16.7 75.0 5.7 3.5 0.3 0.2 4.8
Seimone Augustus 12 7 13.0 31.3 16.7 75.0 0.6 1.3 0.4 0.1 3.8
Karima Christmas-Kelly 6 0 12.0 27.8 27.3 60.0 0.8 1.0 0.8 0.2 2.7
Bridget Carleton 4 0 2.8 50.0 50.0 0 0.3 0 0 0 0.8

Awards and MilestonesEdit

Recipient Award/Milestone Date Awarded Reference
Odyssey Sims WNBA All-Star Selection July 15, 2019 [26]
Sylvia Fowles
Napheesa Collier WNBA All-Star Replacement Selection July 22, 2019 [27]
Danielle Robinson WNBA Community Assist Award - June July 23, 2019 [28]
Napheesa Collier WNBA Rookie of the Month - July August 1, 2019 [29]
WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week August 26, 2019 [30]
Rookie of the Year September 16, 2019 [31]
WNBA All-Rookie Team September 16, 2019 [32]
Cheryl Reeve WNBA Basketball Executive of the Year Award September 18, 2019 [33]

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