Lynx roll over Sparks despite Collier’s absence – Twin Cities

Lynx roll over Sparks despite Collier’s absence – Twin Cities

The Minnesota Lynx were without standout Napheesa Collier for the second consecutive game on Tuesday night.

But a team-wide effort helped close the gap and produced an 82-67 road win over the Los Angeles Sparks at Arena.

The Lynx got points from all 10 available players, led by Bridget Carleton, who finished with 16 points – including a perfect 4-of-4 three-point performance – and Dorka Juhász, who contributed 15 points and six rebounds.

Kayla McBride and Cecilia Zandalasini added 11 each.

It was Minnesota’s 13th win over Los Angeles in the last 14 meetings between the two teams.

With Collier again out with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, the Lynx (16-6) started early and took a 12-4 lead thanks to four points – including a steal and a layup – from McBride. The Sparks (5-17) cut the gap to 12-8 before Minnesota went on a 15-4 run to go up 27-12 and take a 29-16 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Nine different players scored in this quarter for the Lynx, who made 12 of 18 field goals (66.7 percent) and scored six points from four turnovers by Los Angeles.

The Sparks managed to catch up in the second quarter and narrow the gap to as few as five points when Dearica Hamby hit a three-pointer with 4:14 minutes left before halftime to extend the game to 37-32.

But Minnesota outscored Los Angeles 14-3 the rest of the half to take a 51-35 lead. Juhász scored 11 points to lead the first half, and the Lynx scored 19 points off the bench.

The Lynx didn’t let up in the third quarter, extending their lead to as many as 25 and maintaining control for the rest of the game.