Youthful Lynx stumble to 0-6
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Lynx are experiencing some major growing pains.
Cathrine Kraayeveld scored 21 points, and Shameka Christon had 11 to lead the New York Liberty to a 70-60 victory over Minnesota on Friday night.
The Lynx fell to 0-6 — the worst start in the team’s nine-year history and the third-worst ever in the WNBA. Detroit began the 2002 season 0-13, and Cleveland went 0-7 to start 1999.
Minnesota has the league’s youngest roster, and it’s showing.
"We can’t give up right now. We’ve got to continue to play," said second-year guard Seimone Augustus, who had 18 points despite being ill and needing to receive fluids through an IV at halftime.
The Liberty, meanwhile, improved to 3-0 for just the second time in the team’s 11 years.
Coming off an eight-day layoff, the Libezty limited the Lynx to 27.4 percent shooting from the field. That made up for Minnesota’s 45-33 rebounding advantage.
"You’re not going to win many games shooting 27 percent," Lynx coach Don Zierden said.
Rookie guard Lindsey Harding added 14 points for Minnesota, which has lost its past nine games dating to last year.
Eshaya Murphy, a rookie reserve guard, had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Lynx led just twice, the last time when Augustus made two free throws to put them ahead 9-8 with 4:57 left in the first quarter. The Liberty responded with a 15-0 run that included 3-pointers from Erin Thorn and Kraayeveld, and they were in control the rest of the way.
Harding made two free throws at the end of the third quarter to trim New York’s lead to 50-45, but that was the closest Minnesota got.
Janel McCarville, a former Gophers standout, had two rebounds in 6 minutes for New York.