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Kayla McBride Shakes off Jet Lag

Being a veteran of the international game, Kayla McBride landed in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, completing her journey from Turkey. and forced himself not to sleep till that evening.

No jet lag for that

“Then I slept 10 hours last night,” McBride said Tuesday via phone after the Lynx shootaround. “you get used to it.”

eager to help win the first game

Hope the links. McBride will play his first game with the Lynx against the Sparks on Tuesday night. Their playoff run in Turkey ended with a league title on Sunday. She rejoins the Lynx battling jet lag, in shape due to the competitive overseas season. Eager to help the team win their first game since a 0-4 start.

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“I’m very familiar with the system here,” she said. “I know what [Cheryl Lynx Coach Reeve] wants. It was easy to reinvent myself.”

Overseas season ends

McBride did the same last year. This was his first season with the Lynx after signing as a free agent. He finished the season overseas. Got through COVID protocol and joined the Lynx a few hours before their 2021 season opener. Scored 17 points despite not practicing with the team.

This time it’s a little easier. She knows Reeve’s system. She knows most, but not all, of the players. “I’m comfortable with that,” she said. “I would like some more rest. But I would prefer to be with my teammates.”

I will play my second game with the Lynx

A player he didn’t need to know is the recently signed point guard Moria Jefferson. Jefferson will play his second game with the Lynx on Tuesday night. But McBride and Jefferson remained teammates for three years. Started in San Antonio in 2016 and ran until the 2018 season in Las Vegas.

“The familiarity there makes the transition easier,” McBride said. “Lecia Clarendon was great for us, Krystal Dangerfield was great. With the changes, though, it’s good to be familiar. Moria is competitive. She understands the game at a high level. She comes from a great program at UConn. There’s a winner. That’s the biggest thing. She can play, man.”

McBride was the Lynx’s third-leading scorer and best three-point shooter (37.9%) last season (13.7). Perhaps even more important was his ability to defend the ball at circumference, often assigned to the opponent’s top wing player.

All those skills are welcome to a team that ranks 11th in the WNBA in three-point shooting (26.8%) and has struggled to defend multiple times during 0-4 starts.

For McBride? Some of his family members will be in LA for the game. When McBride turned to the court for Tuesday morning’s shoot. So he said it looked like the first day of school.

“It’s exciting,” she said. “I haven’t seen these guys in months. I always feel at home with the Lynx. But there was some nervousness the first day of school. But I’ll come in and be as confident as I can.”

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