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The Minnesota Lynx are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded prior to the 1999 season. The team is owned by Glen Taylor, who also owns the Lynx' NBA counterpart, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Lynx have qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in three of their thirteen years in Minnesota. The franchise has been home to many high-quality players such as three-point specialist Katie Smith, explosive small-forward Seimone Augustus, hometown point guard Lindsay Whalen, and Connecticut standout Maya Moore. The team is the reigning champion of the WNBA, having won the 2011 WNBA Finals.
Joining the league (1998–2004)
On April 22, 1998, the WNBA announced they would add two expansion teams (Minnesota and the Orlando Miracle) for the 1999 season. The team was officially named the Minnesota Lynx on December 5, 1998. The Lynx started their inaugural season in 1999 with 12,122 fans in attendance to watch the first regular-season game against the Detroit Shock at Target Center. The Lynx defeated Detroit 68–51 in the franchise's first game. They finished their first season 15–17 overall and held the same record in 2000.
In 2001, the Lynx took a turn for the worst as they posted a 12–20 record.
The Lynx' first head coach Brian Agler was released during the 2002 season after compiling a 47–67 record in three-plus seasons. Heidi VanDerveer became the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The team finished finish the 2002 season with a 10–22 record, worst in franchise history (until 2006).
In 2003, the Lynx hired Suzie McConnell Serio as head coach. She led the team to finish with a franchise-best 18–16 record and advanced to the WNBA Playoffs for the first time. They matched both of these feats in the 2004 season.
Seimone Augustus joins the team (2005–2007)
The 2005 season was one of transition for the franchise. Leading scorer Katie Smith was dealt to Detroit in July and the team stumbled down the stretch, missing the playoffs for the first time in three years. The poor finish did pay off however, as the team won the draft lottery and selected All-American guard Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State University with the first overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft.
The Lynx began the 2006 season as the youngest team in the WNBA. On May 31, the team set the WNBA single game scoring record (at the time), routing the Los Angeles Sparks by a score of 114–71. That victory however, was a rare bright spot in a frustrating season. With her team floundering to an 8–15 record, head coach Suzie McConnell Serio resigned on July 23. She was replaced by assistant Carolyn Jenkins, who piloted the squad to a 2–9 finish. The team's 24 losses set a franchise record.
Following the season, Augustus was named the 2006 WNBA Rookie of the Year. The 22-year-old was the second player in team history to win the award.
In the 2007 WNBA Draft, the Lynx traded center Tangela Smith, who they acquired in the dispersal draft from the Charlotte Sting, to the Phoenix Mercury for point guard Lindsey Harding, who had been selected first overall.
The Lynx began the 2007 season 0–7, lost ten straight in July and failed to get into the playoff race. They finished tying a league worst 10–24 record. On November 1, 2007, assistant coach/former head coach Carolyn Jenkins was named Director of Player Personnel of the WNBA.
Hot starts without results (2008–2009)
The 2008 season started out much different for the Lynx than in previous years. They came flying out of the gates, going 7–1 in the first five weeks of the season. The Lynx then cooled off. They managed to play competitive basketball all season, but lost many key games down the stretch. In the end, the Lynx finished with a respectable 16–18 record in a tough Western Conference where every team was in the playoff chase until the final week of the season. The Lynx however, did not qualify After two consecutive 10–24 seasons, the 2008 Lynx was a step in the right direction.
In 2009, Don Zierden resigned just days before the start of the season. Jennifer Gillom who replaced Teresa Edwards as an assistant coach the previous year, was promoted to head coach. Another Zierden Lynx assistant, former NBA player Jim Petersen stayed with Gillom during the season, working with post players Charde Houston and Nicky Anosike. The Lynx saw similar results in 2008...started with a good run (7–3), but lost many key games, including a horrific six-game losing streak, and finished 14–20, out from the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
A new team and the first championship (2010–present)
After five disappointing seasons, the offseason brought much more impact to the franchise. The team hired former Detroit Shock assistant coach Cheryl Reeve as their new head coach, parting ways with Jennifer Gillom, who took the head coaching job of the Los Angeles Sparks. The Lynx also made some moves in the off-season by selecting Rebekkah Brunson in the Sacramento Monarchs dispersal draft, and trading their first overall pick of the 2010 WNBA Draft and Renee Montgomery to the Connecticut Sun for former Minnesota Gopher Lindsay Whalen and the second overall pick. They added free agent Hamchétou Maïga to the lineup, and selected University of Virginia guard Monica Wright with the second pick in the 2010 Draft. With these offseason transactions, the Lynx looked forward to a much improved 2010 season, which was echoed by the eighth annual WNBA general manager poll. Forty-five percent of the general managers declared the Lynx the most-improved team as the 2010 season began.
The selection of Maya Moore during the 2011 WNBA Draft led many people to believe the Lynx to be championship contenders for the 2011 season. The team finally lived up to expectations in 2011, behind stellar play from Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore, and Lindsay Whalen, all of whom were named to the 2011 Western Conference All-Star Team. The Lynx went into the All-Star break with a 10–4 record, good for first place in the conference. After losing to Phoenix in a 112–105 contest at Target Center on July 13, the Lynx went on a nine-game winning streak, a franchise record and the longest in the league for 2011. It is the third longest streak in WNBA history. The team finished with a 27-7 record, best in the WNBA and in team history.
The Lynx earned the top overall seed in the 2011 WNBA Playoffs. In the first round, they defeated the San Antonio Silver Stars two-games-to-one in the best of three series. The Lynx then swept the Phoenix Mercury in two games to win their first conference championship. In the Finals, the Lynx trailed at halftime in each game, but rallied each time to sweep the Atlanta Dream in three games, securing their first WNBA title. Seimone Augustus was named Finals MVP.
- The home uniforms are white with blue, green, and silver trim. "Lynx" is written on the jerseys in green. The road uniforms are blue with silver, white and green trim and "Minnesota" written in silver. As part of the move to Adidas's Revolution 30 technology, the Lynx made subtle changes such as rounded numbers in silver. In addition, the team nickname will be featured prominently on both the home and away jerseys. They also eliminated green from the uniforms. The Lynx are also one of 10 WNBA teams sponsored by Boost Mobile and is prominently featured on their uniforms.
The Minnesota Lynx Foundation holds an annual "Catwalk for a Cure" event at the Mall of America during the WNBA's Breast Health Awareness Week to raise funds for breast cancer related charities. The 2011 event was held Aug. 5 and raised $5,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 
"LosLynx" is the unofficial rallying cry of the Minnesota Lynx. The term's genesis was a 2010 commercial for Bing that parodied telenovellas. The commercial ended with a man yelling "Los Links!" Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen was amused by the commercial and the obvious homophone, and began imitating the cry in practice.
When guard Candace Wiggins, who had been injured for much of the 2010 season, returned in 2011, she heard the phrase in practice. It reminded her of her own thoughts regarding promotions in NBA cities with significant Spanish-speaking populations, in which teams like the Miami Heat would wear jerseys identifying them as "El Heat." She had thought that a promotion for "Los Lynx" would be entertaining.
Eventually, Wiggins tweeted the term as a hashtag on a post about the team. From there, the meme quickly spread throughout the fanbase, inspiring chants and cheers, and even appearing on T-shirts sold by Lynx forward Charde Houston.
In addition to LosLynx, the hashtag #LYNXANITY became a popular post-win tweet for Lynx fans during the 2011 playoffs.
|Season||Team||Conference||Regular season||Playoff Results||Head coach|
|1999||1999||West||5th||15||17||.469||Did not qualify||Brian Agler|
|2000||2000||West||6th||15||17||.469||Did not qualify||Brian Agler|
|2001||2001||West||6th||12||20||.375||Did not qualify||Brian Agler|
|2002||2002||West||8th||10||22||.313||Did not qualify|| B. Agler (6–13)|
H. VanDerveer (4–9)
|2003||2003||West||4th||18||16||.529||Lost Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 1–2)||Suzie McConnell-Serio|
|2004||2004||West||3rd||18||16||.529||Lost Conference Semifinals (Seattle, 0–2)||Suzie McConnell-Serio|
|2005||2005||West||6th||14||20||.412||Did not qualify||Suzie McConnell-Serio|
|2006||2006||West||7th||10||24||.294||Did not qualify|| S. Mc.-Serio (8–15)|
C. Jenkins (2–9)
|2007||2007||West||6th||10||24||.294||Did not qualify||Don Zierden|
|2008||2008||West||6th||16||18||.471||Did not qualify||Don Zierden|
|2009||2009||West||5th||14||20||.412||Did not qualify||Jennifer Gillom|
|2010||2010||West||5th||13||21||.382||Did not qualify||Cheryl Reeve|
|2011||2011||West||1st||27||7||.794|| Won Conference Semifinals (San Antonio, 2–1)|
Won Conference Finals (Phoenix, 2–0)
Won WNBA Finals (Atlanta, 3–0)
|Regular season||192||242||.442||1 Conference Championship|
|Playoffs||8||5||.615||1 WNBA Championship|
- Svetlana Abrosimova (2001–2007)
- Nicky Anosike (2008–2010), now a member of the Washington Mystics
- Janell Burse (2001–2003)
- Teresa Edwards (2003–2004), now head coach of the Tulsa Shock
- Tonya Edwards (1999)
- Kristin Folkl (1999–2000)
- Lindsey Harding (2007–2008), now a member of the Atlanta Dream
- Kristi Harrower (2001–2003, 2005)
- Vanessa Hayden-Johnson (2004–2006, 2008)
- Roneeka Hodges (2009), now a member of the San Antonio Silver Stars
- Betty Lennox (2000–2002)
- Andrea Lloyd-Curry (1999–2000)
- Stacey Lovelace-Tolbert (2004–2005)
- Kristen Mann (2005–2007)
- Hamchetou Maiga-Ba (2010)
- Kelly Miller (2009), now a member of the Washington Mystics
- Renee Montgomery (2009), now a member of the Connecticut Sun
- Nicole Ohlde (2004–2008)
- Noelle Quinn (2007–2008), now a member of the Los Angeles Sparks
- Tamika Williams Raymond (2002–2007)
- Brandy Reed (1999)
- Katie Smith (1999–2005), now a member of the Seattle Storm
- Michele Van Gorp (2001–2004)
- Brian Agler (1999–2002)
- Roger Griffith (2003–present)
- Heidi VanDerveer (1999–2001)
- Kelly Kramer (1999–2002)
- Nancy Darsch (2003–2005)
- Carolyn Jenkins (2003–2005, 2007)
- Jim Lewis (2006)
- Susan Yow (2006)
- Teresa Edwards (2007)
- Ed Prohofsky (2007–2008)
- Jennifer Gillom (2008)
- Julie Plank (2008)
- Jim Davis (2009)
- Jim Petersen (2009–present)
- Shelley Patterson (2010–present)
Currently, some Lynx games are broadcast on Fox Sports North (FS-N), which is a local television station for the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and parts of Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota and South Dakota. More often than not, NBA TV will pick up the feed from the local broadcast, which is shown nationally. Broadcasters for the Lynx television games are Marney Gellner and Lea B. Olsen. Lynx games are carried on Bob 106.1 FM; Alan Horton broadcasts radio games (and LiveAcess feeds).
All games (excluding blackout games, which are available on ESPN3.com) are broadcast to the WNBA LiveAccess game feeds on the league website. Furthermore, some Lynx games are broadcast nationally on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. The WNBA has reached an eight year agreement with ESPN, which will pay right fees to the Lynx, as well as other teams in the league.
Regular season attendance
- A sellout for a basketball game at Target Center is 19,356.
|Regular season all-time attendance|
- 1999 Expansion Draft: Brandy Reed (1), Kim Williams (3), Octavia Blue (5), Adia Barnes (7)
- 1999: Tonya Edwards (7), Trisha Fallon (19), Andrea Lloyd (31), Sonja Tate (43), Angie Potthoff (49)
- 2000: Grace Daley (5), Betty Lennox (6), Maylana Martin (10), Marla Brumfield (22), Keitha Dickerson (24), Phylesha Whaley (38), Jana Lichnerova (54), Shanele Stires (56)
- 2001: Svetlana Abrosimova (7), Erin Buescher (23), Tombi Bell (39), Megan Taylor (55)
- 2002: Tamika Williams (6), Lindsey Meder (38), Shárron Francis (54)
- 2003 Miami/Portland Dispersal Draft: Sheri Sam (2)
- 2003: Teresa Edwards (14), Carla Bennett (29)
- 2004 Cleveland Dispersal Draft: Helen Darling (7)
- 2004: Nicole Ohlde (6), Vanessa Hayden (7), Tasha Butts (20), Amber Jacobs (33)
- 2005: Kristen Mann (11), Jacqueline Batteast (17), Monique Bivins (37)
- 2006: Seimone Augustus (1), Shona Thorburn (7), Megan Duffy (31)
- 2007 Charlotte Dispersal Draft: Tangela Smith (2)
- 2007: Noelle Quinn (4), Eshaya Murphy (15), Brooke Smith (23), Kathrin Ress (24)
- 2008: Candice Wiggins (3), Nicky Anosike (16), Charde Houston (30)
- 2009 Houston Dispersal Draft: Roneeka Hodges (4)
- 2009: Renee Montgomery (4), Quanitra Hollingsworth (9), Rashanda McCants (15), Emily Fox (30)
- 2010 Sacramento Dispersal Draft: Rebekkah Brunson (2)
- 2010: Monica Wright (2), Kelsey Griffin (3), Gabriela Marginean (26)
- 2011: Maya Moore (1), Amber Harris (4), Jessica Breland (13), Kachine Alexander (26)
- October 27, 1999: The Lynx traded Adia Barnes, Tonya Edwards and Trisha Fallon to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Marlies Askamp, Angela Aycock and Kristi Harrower.
- February 18, 2000: The Lynx traded Brandy Reed to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for the fifth pick in the 2000 Draft.
- April 14, 2000: The Lynx traded Marlies Askamp to the Miami Sol in exchange for the 10th pick, the 24th pick and the 56th pick in the 2000 Draft.
- September 18, 2000: The Lynx traded Grace Daley to the New York Liberty in exchange for the 12th pick in the 2001 Draft.
- February 20, 2001: The Lynx traded Kristen Folkl and the 12th pick in the 2001 Draft to the Portland Fire in exchange for Lynn Pride and Michele Van Gorp.
- April 17, 2001: The Lynx traded Angie Burgess to the Washington Mystics in exchange for the 28th pick in the 2001 Draft.
- April 20, 2001: The Lynx traded Marla Brumfield to the Miami Sol in exchange for the draft rights to Georgia Schweitzer.
- April 20, 2001: The Lynx traded Val Whiting-Raymond to the Detroit Shock in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2002 Draft.
- April 19, 2002: The Lynx traded Erin Buescher and Maylana Martin to the Charlotte Sting in exchange for the draft rights to Shaunzinski Gortman.
- June 11, 2002: The Lynx traded Betty Lennox to the Miami Sol in exchange for Tamara Moore.
- May 19, 2003: The Lynx traded Tamara Moore to the Detroit Shock in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2004 Draft.
- April 14, 2004: The Lynx traded Janell Burse and Sheri Sam to the Seattle Storm in exchange for Amanda Lassiter and the sixth pick in the 2004 Draft.
- July 30, 2005: The Lynx traded Katie Smith and a second-round pick in the 2006 Draft to the Detroit Shock in exchange for Chandi Jones, Stacey Thomas and a first-round pick in the 2006 Draft.
- April 5, 2006: The Lynx traded Jacqueline Batteast and a third-round pick in the 2007 Draft to the Detroit Shock in exchange for Ambrosia Anderson and a second-round pick in the 2007 Draft.
- February 14, 2007: The Lynx traded Adrian Williams to the Sacramento Monarchs in exchange for the 23rd pick in the 2007 Draft.
- April 4, 2007: The Lynx traded Tangela Smith to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Lindsey Harding.
- March 14, 2008: The Lynx traded Tamika Williams Raymond to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for Kristen Rasmussen.
- June 22, 2008: The Lynx traded Eshaya Murphy to the Detroit Shock in exchange for LaToya Thomas.
- January 30, 2009: The Lynx traded Nicole Ohlde to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Kelly Miller and LaToya Pringle.
- January 30, 2009: The Lynx traded Vanessa Hayden to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for Christi Thoams.
- January 30, 2009: The Lynx traded Lindsey Harding, the 20th pick in the 2009 Draft and a second-round pick in the 2010 Draft to the Washington Mystics in exchange for the ninth pick and the 15th pick in the 2009 Draft.
- May 5, 2009: The Lynx traded Noelle Quinn to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for Rafaella Masciadri and the New York Liberty's first-round pick in the 2010 Draft.
- January 12, 2010: The Lynx traded Renee Montgomery and the first pick in the 2010 Draft to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for Lindsay Whalen and the second pick in the 2010 Draft.
- February 19, 2010: The Lynx traded Roneeka Hodges to the San Antonio Silver Stars in exchange for the right to swap second-round picks in the 2011 Draft.
- April 8, 2010: The Lynx traded Kelsey Griffin to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for first- and second-round picks in the 2011 Draft.
- July 26, 2010: The Lynx traded Rashanda McCants to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Alexis Hornbuckle.
- April 9, 2011: The Lynx traded Nicky Anosike to the Washington Mystics in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2012 Draft.
- April 11, 2011: The Lynx traded Jessica Breland to the New York Liberty in exchange for the draft rights to Angel Robinson and a second-round pick in the 2012 Draft.
- April 11, 2011: The Lynx traded Felicia Chester to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for Rachel Jarry and a second-round pick in the 2012 Draft.
- May 27, 2011: The Lynx traded Quanitra Hollingsworth to the New York Liberty in exchange for the right to swap third-round picks in the 2012 Draft.
- 1999: Tonya Edwards
- 2000: Betty Lennox, Katie Smith
- 2001: Katie Smith
- 2002: Katie Smith
- 2003: Katie Smith
- 2004: Katie Smith
- 2005: Katie Smith
- 2006: Seimone Augustus
- 2007: Seimone Augustus
- 2008: No All-Star Game
- 2009: Nicky Anosike, Charde Houston
- 2010: Rebekkah Brunson, Lindsay Whalen
- 2011: Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen
Honors and awards
- 2000 Rookie of the Year: Betty Lennox
- 2000 All-WNBA Second Team: Katie Smith
- 2000 All-WNBA Second Team: Betty Lennox
- 2001 All-WNBA First Team: Katie Smith
- 2002 All-WNBA Second Team: Katie Smith
- 2003 All-WNBA First Team: Katie Smith
- 2004 Coach of the Year: Suzie McConnell Serio
- 2004 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Teresa Edwards
- 2006 Rookie of the Year: Seimone Augustus
- 2006 All-WNBA Second Team: Seimone Augustus
- 2006 All-Rookie Team: Seimone Augustus
- 2007 All-WNBA Second Team: Seimone Augustus
- 2008 Sixth Woman of the Year: Candice Wiggins
- 2008 All-Rookie Team: Nicky Anosike
- 2008 All-Rookie Team: Candice Wiggins
- 2009 All-Defensive First Team: Nicky Anosike
- 2009 All-Rookie Team: Renee Montgomery
- 2010 All-Defensive Second Team: Rebekkah Brunson
- 2010 All-Rookie Team: Monica Wright
- 2011 Rookie of the Year: Maya Moore
- 2011 Coach of the Year: Cheryl Reeve
- 2011 All-WNBA First Team: Lindsay Whalen
- 2011 All-WNBA Second Team: Seimone Augustus
- 2011 Peak Performer (Assists): Lindsay Whalen
- 2011 All-Defensive First Team: Rebekkah Brunson
- 2011 All-Rookie Team: Maya Moore
- 2011 WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player: Seimone Augustus
- ↑ http://www.sportspagemagazine.com/content/header/features/lynx-look-to-keep-special-season-going-as-second-h.shtml?48048
- ↑ Lynx vs. Mercury WNBA Game Report
- ↑ http://www.wnba.com/lynx/community/
- ↑ Los Lynx Worldwide
- ↑ #LosLynx]
- ↑ "WNBA Extends TV Rights Deal with ESPN and ABC". Sports Business. June 18, 2007. http://www.sportbusiness.com/news/162162/wnba-extends-tv-rights-deal-with-espn-and-abc. Retrieved 2009-08-04.