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Lynx Beat Mercury, Advance To WNBA Finals!

Mercury 65 Lynx 72 Minnesota Wins Series (2-0)

The Minnesota Lynx remember the pain of losing the WNBA Finals last year and made it a priority to be back in the Finals in 2013. Tonight they were one win away from that dream and made it a reality with a solid performance this evening. The referees made their presence heard in the first quarter with a lot of whistles and fouls called. Most of the fouls were off the ball and questionable calls, but the two squads played on. The Mercury went up 17-11 with a 6-2 run, yet the Lynx answered with a 6-0 run of their own to tie the game up. Phoenix led 21-19 after ten minutes of play and the Lynx woke up in the second frame. Minnesota went on a 11-0 run to start the quarter and went up by seven points. The Mercury fought their way back and the Lynx responded with another run. Minnesota used a 9-0 run, while Phoenix scored the final six points of the first half to cut the Lynx lead to three at halftime. There were less whistles in the second half and Minnesota started to pull away in the third with a 7-0 run. This gave the Lynx a seven-point lead, which they would not relinquish. Maya Moore led the way for Minnesota in the fourth quarter. She piled up ten points and warded off a late Mercury comeback to help the Lynx clinch a spot in the WNBA Finals. It will be their third consecutive Finals appearance. 

-Final Thoughts- Maya Moore had a very good night. She put up 27 points and was lucky with a few bank shots. Seimone Augustus added 22 points and five rebounds. Rebekkah Brunson hit the glass hard tonight with fourteen rebounds and four points. Diana Taurasi had an off night for the Mercury. She went 6 for 21 from the floor with seven free throws to put up 21 points. Candice Dupree had one of her best games with seventeen points and seven rebounds. The Lynx won all seven meetings with the Mercury in 2013. Minnesota will face the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA Finals. The Dream defeated the Indiana Fever today to clinch the Eastern Conference Title. The two teams will have to wait an entire week before playing on Sunday night at 7:30 at the Target Center. Game 2 will be in Minneapolis too, but Game 3 will be played in Duluth, Georgia.

-Chris Kreibich-

Minnesota Lynx @ Phoenix Mercury 9/29/13

Minnesota Lynx Lineup Phoenix Mercury Lineup

C-Janel McCarville       C-Brittney Griner

PF-Rebekkah Brunson PF-Candice Dupree

SF-Maya Moore           SF-DeWanna Bonner

SG-Seimone Augustus SG-Briana Gilbreath

PG-Lindsay Whalen    PG-Diana Taurasi

Western Conference Finals Game 2

-Chris Kreibich- 

Lynx Dismantle Mercury In Game 1!

Mercury 62 Lynx 85 Minnesota Leads Series (1-0)

The Minnesota Lynx have played some of their best basketball of the season against the Phoenix Mercury. The Lynx went (5-0) in the regular season against the Mercury and faced off with their rivals tonight in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Phoenix had a new coach this time in Russ Pennell, but it did no good as the Lynx cruised to an easy victory in this one. Minnesota used a 6-0 run in the first quarter and slowly crept out to a 24-16 lead after ten minutes of action. The Lynx continued their dominance in the second quarter as they started the quarter on another 6-0 run. This forced Russ Pennell to call an early timeout. It did not good as the Lynx fourteen-point lead was extended to twenty-three by halftime. The two squads traded baskets in the third quarter and Minnesota led 67-42 as they headed for the final frame. The Lynx used an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter to salt the game away. The big run put Minnesota up by thirty-one and bench players got some playoff experience in the last five minutes. The Mercury won the fourth quarter, but the damage was already done. The Lynx dominated the Mercury and sailed to a 85-62 win at Target Center.

-Final Thoughts- The Lynx played almost flawlessly tonight. They played fantastic defensively, everyone contributed on offense, and they took care of the basketball. Lindsay Whalen piled up twenty points with six rebounds and five assists. Maya Moore also put up twenty points and added five rebounds. Seimone Augustus had eighteen on 7 for 13 shooting this evening as well. The Minnesota bench put up nineteen of the 85 points tonight. Every Lynx player scored in this one except for Lindsey Moore. Minnesota outscored Phoenix in fast break points 20-2. Next up, these two teams will head to Phoenix to play Game 2 on Sunday afternoon. The Lynx will have a chance to sweep the season series and the Western Conference Finals from the Mercury on Sunday.

-Chris Kreibich-