August 1, 2023
Locked on Women’s Basketball: The Minnesota Lynx are the WNBA’s hottest team. How is Cheryl Reeve doing it?
The Minnesota Lynx have beaten the top teams as of late and Cheryl Reeve discusses how her team has done it
It’s time for another Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast episode. The Minnesota Lynx went into New York and Connecticut, beating the Liberty and the Sun. How’d they do that? How is Cheryl Reeve’s team 13-13? And what does it mean for the rest of the season, as Napheesa Collier returns and the Lynx look to playoff positioning that currently sits them fifth?
Cheryl Reeve talks about Dorka Juhász‘s improvement and confidence as a rookie:
“So much of being successful in this league is believing that you belong and Dorka believed from the very first day in camp; whether she really believed on the inside, I don’t know. But she exuded this confidence in herself to emotional maturity, which I thought was off the charts. And it was through injury that Dorka got a huge opportunity. I think she just grew in her confidence. And it’s hard, I think, sometimes offensively when you’re trying to figure out what your place is. And we’re learning more and more about her. I think she’s very good off the bounce. The highlight of the game was what we call our 51 action, where she went off the dribble when she went to go DHL with a wing and faked it and went to the basket.
I think to me that moment was epitome of her confidence to do that to call her own number when we had just started running the play. And so sometimes there’s encourage these rookies that you go it’s a fine line sometimes on that, that courage and what I would call maybe they should think twice about it, but they’re not. They don’t cross the line. And Dorka’s improvement and just belief in herself rebounding the ball. I think she’s got her 100th defensive rebound in her young career, she was big for us, and I think she had a lot of fun.”
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Cheryl Reeve talks about Diamond Miller‘s development this season:
“Diamond right now is playing with a good balance of perimeter shots and driving, she’s learning. When she gets herself in trouble, she’s doing more serving first and then trying to attack and everybody in the building knows what she’s doing. And so learning a little bit more of a ball movement of just grabbing and going and not serving gives her a lead playing from a head on her defender and playing in transition. And just like Diamond’s will, it’s fun to be around her will to win. The joy that she plays with is something that’s really contagious. And she’s a tremendous teammate talked about this; she listens. And she was huge for us today.”
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