Lynx take on foreign opponent, host Chinese National team for exhibition game

The Minnesota Lynx continued preseason play Wednesday, but it was against a team they don’t see very often.

The Lynx went international with their most recent exhibition as they hosted the Chinese Women’s National team, who came to town for the matchup.

The Chinese National Team arrived at Target Center hoping to show the Lynx what they could do. Luckily, Minnesota was up for the challenge.

The Lynx walked off the court with a 41-point win, but they admit it took some getting used to playing against China’s style of play, which was more physical.

While the game was just an exhibition, it was extra special for Lynx player Shoa Ting, who is originally from China.

She said it was strange for her to play against her fellow countrywomen.

“It’s very strange,” she said. “I stand for the Lynx, but play against China. I always play in China, so it’s very strange for me.”

Ting was thrilled that some of her old friends and teammates had a chance to see her new life in Minnesota playing for the Lynx.

The season tips off 10 days from Wednesday night’s game and while the team is not sure what it will look like without Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen, the players say they are ready for a new chapter of Lynx basketball.

The team’s final preseason game is in Las Vegas Sunday before the regular season tips off May 25 at Target Center against Chicago.