The Russell-led Celtics. Jordan’s Bulls. And Seimone Augustus-propelled Lynx? Yep, It’s certainly safe to say that Minnesota’s WNBA ball club is quickly climbing into the ranks of the two aforementioned dynasties. They’ve captured two out of the leagues last three championships, and have easily compiled an 80-23 record during that span, easily the best among their peers (the next closest teams to that mark are the Atlanta and the Indiana Fever, both of which posted a 58-45 record), according to ESPN.com.
Minnesota struggled mightily for 11 seasons upon entering the league as an expansion team just before the turn of the millennium. Their combined record of 245-257 and only 2 winning seasons during that time, as noted by href=http://www.wnba.com/lynx/stats/by_year.html >WNBA.com, was underwhelming indeed. And then Cheryl Reeve entered the picture. As href=http://www.wnba.com/lynx/stats/by_year.html >WNBA.com notes, it took her just one season to not just turn the franchise around, but to thrust them to the very top of the league.
And while the signing of point guard Lindsay Whalen in 2010 and the drafting of forward Maya Moore in 2011, as href= http://www.wnba.com/playerfile/lindsay_whalen/career_stats.html >WNBA.com notes, can certainly be regarded as a big reason for the turnaround, there is no doubt that Reeve is a key component to the team’s three year run of unprecedented success.
And with the Lynx off to another outstanding 8-2 start, according to href=http://sports.espn.go.com/wnba/standings >ESPN.com, it certainly doesn’t look like the team’s reign at the top of the WNBA food chain will be ending any time soon. After 11 years of hardship to kick off the franchise, the team is finally clicking and giving their fans something to cheer about.
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