A 2018 title would round out Lynx’s resume

Published 9:08 am Sunday, May 20, 2018

By Jace Frederick

Pioneer Press

The question was posed to Seimone Augustus this week at Lynx media day: What’s left to play for? Winners of four WNBA titles in a seven-year span, Minnesota — with largely the same cast — seems to have done it all.

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“We haven’t won everything,” Augustus said. “We’ve still got some stuff to win.”

History will remember this Lynx team as a dynasty, but members of the core aren’t yet satisfied — not when there are a couple things left to attain. Last year’s title gave Minnesota four championships, tying it with the now defunct Houston Comets for the most in league history.

“Now that you know you’ve achieved that, you obviously want to go and break that record and try to accomplish that fifth championship,” Augustus said. “That’ll put you in a place of your own as one of the greatest teams ever.”

Maybe the greatest team.

Winning that fifth title also would mean Minnesota filling the one tiny hole left in its resume — a repeat. None of the Lynx’s previous four titles have come in succession. They were close to a repeat in 2016, one defensive rebound away from securing another championship, only to have a Nneka Ogwumike put-back spoil the celebration in the final seconds of Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.

“I can’t even put into words how devastating that was to be on our home court, in front of nearly 18,000 fans and to be that close in such an incredible series,” Maya Moore said. “You just feel like the world is over in the moment.”