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Lynx look to continue rolling while Wings look for consistency

WNBA: Minnesota Lynx at Las Vegas AcesMay 28, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier (24) dribbles the ball against Las Vegas Aces center Kiah Stokes (41) during the second quarter at Michelob Ultra Arena. Mandatory credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Lynx look for back-to-back wins on their home court when they tip off against the Dallas Wings on Sunday night in Minneapolis.

The Lynx are coming off a dominant 95-71 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night. It marked the fifth win in seven games this season for Minnesota, which is off to a good start as it sits in first place in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, Dallas has split its first six games as it looks to bounce back from a hard-fought 74-72 loss to the host Connecticut Sun on Friday.

Minnesota rookie Alissa Pili will try to stay warm as the Lynx turn their focus to Dallas. Pili, the Lynx’s first-round pick (No. 8 overall) out of Utah, posted a season high with 20 points and made 7 of 9 shots against Phoenix on Friday.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve praised Pili for remaining ready on the bench despite receiving limited playing time before Friday.

“It could be uncharted waters for first-round picks,” Reeve said. “They’re used to being the best player on their team and playing all the time. I told her, ‘You never know when your number will be called.’

“I felt there was an opportunity for Pili (against Phoenix). She just made the best of it.”

Pili and her teammates must try to find a way to slow down Arike Ogunbowale, who leads the Wings with 27.5 points per game. The former Notre Dame standout turned in another solid contribution, scoring 21 points, grabbing four rebounds and adding seven assists against Connecticut.

Another player who has helped Dallas this season is Maddy Siegrist, who is averaging 13.7 points in six games (four starts). She scored at least 15 points in each of her last three games, including a 17-point performance on 8-for-8 shooting against Connecticut.

Wings coach Latricia Trammell said Siegrist has worked hard for her success this season. Siegrist averaged 3.7 points during limited playing time as a rookie last year.

“A lot of people could have just taken the backseat, but she didn’t,” Trammell said. “She kept learning and improving the things we talked about, so I feel very close to Maddy.”

Napheesa Collier is Minnesota’s leading scorer with 21.0 points to go along with a team-high 10.9 rebounds per game. Kayla McBride is next on the team with 14.7 points per game.

The Lynx are 3-1 at home this season. Dallas is 2-2 on the road.

–Field-level media

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