By David McCoy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Lynx are on the road to play in San Antonio Friday. Instead, Target Center is full of screaming teenage girls tonight.

One Direction is in town. But the Lynx have to be happy with the direction they’re headed.

Lately, the Lynx have been very, well, Lynx-like.

“We’re sharing the ball,” guard Lindsay Whalen said, “taking things as they come to us.”

The Lynx now have the best record in the WNBA, a familiar place for them. But what’s really interesting is the familiar face their doing it without — all-time leading scorer Seimone Augustus.

She’s missed the past three-and-a-half games with a sprained ankle — all Lynx wins.

“I think it just shows that everyone’s stepped up and done a little more,” Whalen said. “Not trying to do too much, not trying to do anything that you’re not capable of, but everyone’s understood that they’ve had to step their game up a little bit … We definitely can’t wait ’til she can come back.”

Coach Cheryl Reeve said Whalen put it best.

“Whalen has certainly elevated her game,” Reeve said. “I think (Janel) McCarville has elevated her play. Maya (Moore) has been Maya. (Rebekkah) Brunson has played great. So I think each of them, just as Whalen had asked them, is doing a little bit more.”

And here’s the scary part if you’re a Lynx opponent.

“Seimone’s improving,” Reeve said. “I don’t know an actual (day) to tell you when she’ll return. I just know that she looks good.

Augustus is no longer in a walking boot, and was running at practice this week.


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