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The 2011 WNBA season is the 13th season for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association. The Lynx qualified for the WNBA Playoffs for the first time since 2004 and won their first Western Conference championship.

The Lynx finished the season with a 27-7 record, best in the WNBA and the best regular-season record in franchise history. They then defeated the San Antonio Silver Stars in three games and the Phoenix Mercury in two to reach the 2011 WNBA Finals.

The Lynx swept the Atlanta Dream to become the 2011 WNBA champions.

Offseason[]

2011 WNBA Draft[]

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The Lynx held the first overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and surprised nobody by selecting Maya Moore, a 6'0" forward out of Connecticut. Moore had won three consecutive Wade Trophies as the best player in women's college basketball, the only player to have done so. She had also won two championships with the Huskies.[1] The Lynx also held the fourth overall pick, which they used to select Amber Harris from Xavier. Both Moore and Harris would ultimately make the team out of training camp.

In the second round, the Lynx selected Jessica Breland, Felicia Chester, and Kachine Alexander. The Lynx ultimately released Alexander.

Free Agency[]

The Lynx declined to re-sign Hamchetou Maiga-Ba and Kristen Mann. Instead, they signed veteran center Taj McWilliams-Franklin and center/forward Jessica Adair, who had played one game with the Lynx in the 2010 season.

Trades[]

The Lynx traded the draft rights to Jessica Breland to the New York Liberty for Angel Robinson and a second-round pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft. They traded Felicia Chester to the Atlanta Dream for Rachel Jarry and a second-round pick in the 2012 Draft. They traded Quanitra Hollingsworth to the Liberty for the rights to swap third-round picks in the 2012 draft, and they traded Nicky Anosike for a first-round pick in the 2012 Draft. The Lynx ultimately waived Jarry and Robinson.

Transaction log[]

  • February 1: The Lynx signed Jessica Adair.
  • February 18: The Lynx signed Taj McWilliams-Franklin.
  • April 9: The Lynx traded Nicky Anosike to the Washington Mystics in exchange for their first-round pick in the 2012 Draft.
  • April 11: The Lynx traded draft rights to Jessica Breland to the New York Liberty for the draft rights to Angel Robinson and New York’s second-round pick in the 2012 Draft.
  • April 11: The Lynx traded Felecia Chester to the Atlanta Dream for Rachel Jarry and a 2012 second-round draft pick.
  • May 12: The Lynx waived Hamchetou Maiga-Ba.
  • May 27: The Lynx waived Angel Robinson and Kachine Alexander.
  • May 27: The Lynx traded Quanitra Hollingsworth to the New York Liberty in exchange for the right to swap third-round picks in the 2012 Draft.

Additions[]

Subtractions[]

Roster[]

Pos. Starter Bench
C Taj McWilliams-Franklin Jessica Adair
PF Rebekkah Brunson Amber Harris
Charde Houston
SF Maya Moore Monica Wright
SG Seimone Augustus Candice Wiggins
PG Lindsay Whalen Alexis Hornbuckle

Season standings[]

Schedule[]

Preseason[]

2011 Game Log: Preseason

Regular season[]

2011 Game Log: Regular Season
All games are viewable on WNBA LiveAccess or ESPN3.com

Postseason[]

2011 Game Log: Postseason

Statistics[]

Regular season[]

Postseason[]

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Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen greets a fan October 11th on 7th St in Downtown Minneapolis.

Awards and honors[]

  • Rebekkah Brunson was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of June 3, 2011.
  • Rebekkah Brunson was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of July 11, 2011.
  • Seimone Augustus was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of July 18, 2011.
  • Seimone Augustus was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of August 1, 2011.
  • Seimone Augustus was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of August 22, 2011.
  • Rebekkah Brunson was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month for the month of June.
  • Seimone Augustus was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month for the month of July.
  • Lindsay Whalen was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month for the month of August.
  • Maya Moore was named WNBA Rookie of the Month for the month of July.
  • Maya Moore was named WNBA Rookie of the Month for the month of August.
  • Seimone Augustus was named to the 2011 WNBA All-Star Team as a reserve.
  • Rebekkah Brunson was named to the 2011 WNBA All-Star Team as a reserve.
  • Maya Moore was named to the 2011 WNBA All-Star Team as a starter.
  • Lindsay Whalen was named to the 2011 WNBA All-Star Team as a reserve.
  • Lindsay Whalen finished as a Peak Performer, averaging 5.9 assists per game.
  • Rebekkah Brunson was named to the All-Defensive First Team.
  • Maya Moore was named Rookie of the Year.
  • Maya Moore was named to the All-Rookie Team.
  • Lindsay Whalen was named to the All-WNBA First Team.
  • Seimone Augustus was named to the All-WNBA Second Team.
  • Cheryl Reeve was named Coach of the Year.
  • Seimone Augustus was named Finals Most Valuable Player.

References[]

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