Minnesota beats Chicago in matchup of conference leaders
Host Minnesota beat Chicago 79-66 in a matchup of conference leaders to gain home-court advantage throughout the league playoffs.
The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS – Maya Moore collected 22 points and 11 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 79-66 Saturday in their final regular-season game to secure home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Lindsay Whalen scored 23 points and Seimone Augustus added 14 for the Lynx (26-8), who have won eight of nine.
Minnesota finished the season 15-2 at home.
“Our record says we’re the best team in the league,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Sylvia Fowles led Chicago with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Elena Delle Donne had 14 points. The Sky (24-10) lost for the second time in 11 games and will be the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Former Gonzaga standout Courtney Vandersloot scored six points for the Sky during an 11-4 run in the third quarter that cut Minnesota’s lead to six, but Augustus made a jumper and Moore and Whalen connected on three-pointers to give the Lynx a 67-53 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Minnesota, which won the league championship in 2011 and lost to Indiana in the Finals last year, will face the Storm — a team it went 4-0 against this year — in the first round of the playoffs, beginning Friday.