The Minnesota Lynx held off the Tulsa Shock in their season opener 83-75 Friday night at Target Center.
Lynx veteran Lindsay Whalen had a great night. She led the way for Minnesota with 26 points, finishing 9-of-13 from the floor. As usual, Whalen also filled the rest of the stat sheet – dishing out six assists, and grabbing four boards.
Maya Moore was 5-of-9 from behind the arc and added 23 points, while Rebekkah Brunson had a double-double doing the work inside.
Starters dominated the playing time for the Lynx Friday night. Coach Cheryl Reeve used just eight players, and only had four points from the bench (two each for Devereaux Peters and Jennifer O'Neill).
Pierson Pienette led the Shock with 18 points, while Odyssey Sims added 17.
The game brought former U of M standout Amanda Zahui B. back to Minnesota for her first game in the WNBA, but the former Gopher found that it wasn't as easy going against one of the WNBA's top teams. She played just five minutes and was 0-of-1 from the floor, while committing a foul.
But there was a solid turnout for Friday night's Lynx game.