With 7 minutes, 28 seconds staying in the 2nd quarter, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve sent out Napheesa Collier back on the floor with two fouls.Reeve was hoping Collier would be able to navigate the rest of the half with no more foul trouble.Six seconds later on, however, Collier was back on the bench
with her third, and by the end of the quarter, Seattle had opened up a lead it never ever gave up in its 89-79 triumph over the Lynx in Video game 2 of their WNBA semifinals match.”That third foul was difficult,”Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.” I think it’s one of those things, she remains in the [restricted location], there’s a bit of body and it resembles an automatic nasty. Her feet are on the ground, if she leaps possibly it’s not a foul. It’s a hard call. It’s really frustrating. Certainly it harmed us. “That one call had a causal sequence on the remainder of the half and the series.After Collier went back to the bench, it appeared as if the Lynx may survive that stretch without her. The Lynx were down 32-25, however rattled off the next 8 points to take a 33-32 lead. Throughout that run, Damiris Dantas scored 4 points while Bridget Carleton added a three-pointer. However, those would be the Lynx’s final points of the half, a stretch of 5:28 with no points.Seattle took control of the game– and potentially the series– from there. Specifically, Jewell Loyd took over. Loyd scored 12 of the Storm’s next 14 points while the Lynx went silent allowing Seattle to take a 46-33 lead into halftime.” Our shot choice wasn’t terrific because stretch, “Reeve said.”They made some hard shots. Gamers raising up over the top of us shooting 3s that you go sometimes that’s a shot you desire them to take. “Added Collier:” It’s irritating to be on the bench, certainly. I wish I remained in the game, however I’m just trying to be favorable
for my colleagues. Helping them, telling them what I see on the flooring and attempting to help them make changes and things like that.” Reeve said she discussed bringing Collier back in as Seattle was making its run.”I sure did,”Reeve stated with a laugh.”Is it risky? Often when you go simply in the experience of doing this– her third foul is what terrified me. The way it happened. I don’t wish to send her back out there and she gets in the incorrect location and you get the 4th.”Reeve likewise didn’t believe the deficit the Lynx dealt with at halftime was insurmountable, and she desired Collier out of nasty problem when that rally time came. “It’s only 13 at halftime. I
state only 13, but for our team that’s kind of been the area we lived in, “Reeve said.”We seemed like we would have a run and we wanted’Phee’to be there for part of it. That was the threat we weren’t going to take in that 2nd quarter.” Reeve was right. The Lynx did have a run in them as they cut a 21-point deficit to five late in the third quarter.But Seattle gained back command as the 4th quarter started and kept the Lynx from completing that return.