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Big cat: Lynx coach Reeve named WNBA coach of the year

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Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve talks to reporters.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve talks to reporters on June 23, 2016.
Doualy Xaykaothao | MPR News File

Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve on Friday was named the WNBA's 2016 coach of the year.    

  Reeve, who's already led the Lynx to three WNBA championships and has them primed to win a fourth, received 17 votes from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters, the league said. Reeve also won the award in 2011.    

  Beside the three championships, the Lynx under Reeve are the first WNBA franchise to win at least 27 games in a season three times. Since taking over in 2010, Reeve's .706 winning percentage (168-70) ranks first in league history.    

The Lynx play the Phoenix Mercury Friday night in the second game of the WNBA semifinals.