Minnesota Lynx to host Chinese National Team in special preseason scrimmage

Han Xu and Li Yueru could make China an unstoppable force in the near future. Photo courtesy of FIBA.
Han Xu and Li Yueru could make China an unstoppable force in the near future. Photo courtesy of FIBA. /

The Lynx will also host WNBA runners-up Washington and travel to Las Vegas in the preseason.

Fans of the Minnesota Lynx will be able to see a special scrimmage as the team prepares for the upcoming WNBA season. The franchise announced Monday morning that the Chinese Women’s Basketball National Team will come to town for a game on Wednesday, May 15th. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT for the scrimmage, which is only open to Lynx season-ticket holders according to the team.

This is not the first time a WNBA squad has played against the Chinese National Team as preparation for the regular season. The Las Vegas Aces welcomed the team to town for their first-ever game in Las Vegas in 2018; the Aces won the preseason match-up 98-63. Shao Ting, who played in two preseason games with the Lynx in 2017, led Team China with 22 points in the game.

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The Chinese National Team is coming off of a sixth-place finish at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, held back in September in Tenerife, Spain. During that World Cup, Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve served as an assistant coach for Team USA, which beat China in a group game 100-88 on September 23rd. The Chinese National Team will look to join Team USA in qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics during the 2019 Women’s Asia Cup set to take place September 22nd-29th.

Minnesota also released the rest of its entire preseason schedule Monday morning. The Lynx will host the Washington Mystics, who made the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2018, on Friday, May 10, before traveling to take on the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday, May 19. Minnesota’s regular season begins six days later, when former assistant coach James Wade and the Chicago Sky come to town on Saturday, May 25.

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