The Minnesota Lynx lost Wednesday 79-78 in overtime in a scrimmage against a men's team in its third day of training camp.
"Good job, ladies," a player told Charde Houston, Nicky Anosike and Shay Murphy while they were shooting free throws afterwards. The young man told me playing against the women was tough, and they played hard.
Lynx Coach Don Zierden afterwards seemed pleased, although he was concerned about some on-court decision-making down the stretch, such as recognizing time and score, and avoiding possible foul situations. This occurred with the second unit, which mainly composed of training camp players who probably will not be around once the season begins in mid-May, made some poor decisions, which allowed the men to hit the winning basket with one second remaining, erasing a one-point Lynx lead.
The first unit, which included Murphy, Anosike, Houston and Noelle Quinn actually defeated the men by three points, but the eventually winners asked for an extra session.
The team is having two-a-day practices every other day this week.