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After losing in bid to repeat as champs, Lynx return hungrier than ever

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    Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve talks with her team during a timeout against the Connecticut Sun in the second half of a WNBA preseason women's basketball game, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Minneapolis. The Sun won 80-88. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs) (The Associated Press)

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    Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus (33) tries to set up a play against Connecticut Sun guard Tan White (14) in a WNBA preseason basketball game, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs) (The Associated Press)

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    Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) jumps up to the basket against Connecticut Sun guard Allison Hightower (23) in a WNBA preseason basketball game, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs) (The Associated Press)

The Minnesota Lynx say there has been a different edge in training camp this season after they fell short in their quest to repeat as WNBA champions.

The Lynx steamrolled through the regular season last year, but lost to Indiana in their second straight appearance in the finals. Now the core of Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson is back for another run.

Center Taj McWilliams-Franklin has been replaced by Janel McCarville in the only change to the starting lineup.

Moore says the team is trying to strike a balance between being happy with the success of two straight runs to the finals while also being determined to finish the job again this year.

The Lynx open the regular season June 1 against Connecticut.