The buckets are back in expectations for the Minnesota Lynx.
On Monday morning, the team revitalized star Kayla McBride, after winning the Turkish League title on Sunday with Fenerbahce Saviport of the Euroleague. Veteran goalkeeper Yvonne Turner was released from the squad on Monday, as she was the hardened substitute player linked to McBride.
McBride will fly directly from Turkey to Los Angeles, where she will report to Lynx. The three-time All-Star is expected to start on the backcourt along with former San Antonio Shooting Stars teammate and Las Vegas Aces teammate Moriah Jefferson in a Tuesday night road match with the Sparks.
Fenerbahce relied heavily on McBride’s two-way play in a difficult Euroleague season that ended with the team failing to reach Sopron Basket in the championship match. McBuckets averaged 16.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 28 matches in the Turkish league, and more impressively, produced 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in 18 competitions in the Euroleague while defending the best league in the Elite competition.
Previous Notre Dame Last season’s superstar, her first as a Lynx, averaged 13.7 points on 43.3/37.9/91.0 shooting splits, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists on 1.1 turnover, and 1.0 arrows (steals + blocks) in 31.6 minutes per game across 32 competitions. (All start).
One of the most reliable women’s basketball players on the planet, McBride will broadcast a much needed perimeter defense and shootout to a Lynx team trying to find their groove in the midst of a turbulent start to the 2022 season.
You’ll partner with dynamic ocean players including Jefferson, Aerial Powers and Newly expanded Jess Shepherd To bring in what Minnesota head coach and general manager Sheryl Reeve believes could be a powerful offensive balance around star superstar Sylvia Fowles.
Reeve also restores its most trusted defender of its outer periphery. Minnesota has struggled at times this season against the likes of Ariel Atkins, Natasha Cloud, Sue Bird, Joel Lloyd and Courtney Vanderslot, all players McBride could have helped slow down.
Even with McBride back, Team Reeve will have to create a coherent two-way balance on the fly. McBride focused on its overseas commitments during the first part of WNBA season and will not participate in full training with the team before Tuesday’s game, as Monday was a travel day for both McBride and Lynx.
But joining Lynx immediately after a grueling season abroad is nothing new for the passionate captain.
K-Mac did the same last year after their overseas season – fly and play right away.
She scored 17 points, six rebounds, two passes and two blocks in 36 minutes.
The way players from the WNBA can do in season all 12 months of the year is crazy. Incredible athletes! https://t.co/jf4q6E7ZtA
– Jack Borman (@jrborman13) May 16 2022
But this year, McBride is joining a team at 0-4 and still searching for answers they came close to finding in Saturday night’s thrilling loss to defending champion Chicago Sky. The former No. 3 pick, though, wasn’t kind to those who spoke on her team.
McBride last season delivered a legendary message after the team fell 0-4 by losing to the Seattle Storm, during which Seattle advanced by more than 30 points. It doubled last week.
She retweeted the above tweet, stating that it’s unlocked and loaded, and ready to provide her Lynx teammates with another historic run. This time, it was different for her. McBride wants to send her legendary classmate with another ring.
“You just want to give it your best shot,” McBride said of Fowles. “We are hungry.”
The Lynx team is back against the wall, but they have a dependable perimeter player back on the field, their emotional leader in a fox hole, and they’re ready to fight back.
It’s time to go.