Center Sylvia Fowles responded to playing against a bigger opponent with the first 20/20 performance in Lynx history as her team jumped to a huge lead and beat Dallas 76-68.
A temporary billboard was installed to coincide with the Lynx opener Sunday
An enormous poster of Maya Moore graced downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, put up by Nike's Jordan Brand, that mimicked Michael Jordan's famous "Wings'' poster from 1989.
Sylvia Fowles had 23 points and 20 rebounds for Minnesota's first 20-20 game and the Lynx beat the Dallas Wings 76-68 on Wednesday night.
The Lynx are coming off a turnover-filled loss to Los Angeles. It is only the second time under coach Cheryl Reeve that the team has lost its opener, and it ended a 23-game winning streak in May started in 2012
Los Angeles has jumped over Minnesota to the top spot in The Associated Press WNBA power poll following the Sparks' season-opening victory over the Lynx.
She protected the ball, led a Lynx comeback and showed her feisty side when she drew a technical foul during a shoving match.
The Lynx didn't make use of a huge advantage on the inside in their season-opening loss to the Sparks. "How do you have that big an advantage and you can't exploit it?' coach Cheryl Reeve asked.
What an opening weekend for the WNBA.
There was no better way for the WNBA to open its 22nd season than with another intense matchup between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx.
Pushed by Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve to be great, prodded by assistant coach James Wade in workouts before and after every practice, Sylvia Fowles went from very good to historically dominant last season.
The WNBA runner-up Los Angeles Sparks were practicing at Target Center when the Lynx broke in with the video.
The Lynx and Sparks have their last split 16 games (and the last two WNBA titles). "This has been awesome for women's basketball,'' Lynx guard Seimone Augustus said.
Since 2011, 17 percent of the players on All-Star Game rosters wore Lynx jerseys.
The Lynx kick off their 20th season with a rematch of the past two WNBA Finals.
The Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood lays out the case for what the team needs this season to succeed.
The Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood breaks down the WNBA entering the 2018 season.
The Lynx have won four titles in seven years, and have an appearance in all but one WNBA finals since 2010. We counted 18 other dynasties in pro sports in the last 40 years. Where do the Lynx rank? Let's take a look:
It's been a busy offseason in the WNBA since the Minnesota Lynx won the championship last year, beating Los Angeles in another thrilling final.
The Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks have met in the past two WNBA Finals. Here's how the teams stack up over the past two seasons: