Minnesota, Atlanta advance to WNBA Finals
The Minnesota Lynx and Atlanta Dream each needed the minimum two games to reach the WNBA Finals.
The Associated Press
PHOENIX – Minnesota is headed back to a familiar place — the WNBA Finals.
Maya Moore scored 27 points, Seimone Augustus added 22 and the Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 72-65 Sunday to advance with a sweep of the best-of-three Western Conference finals. This is the third straight year Minnesota has reached the championship round.
“It’s really fun, but it’s still not the ultimate prize,” said Moore, who is averaging 21.5 points in the playoffs.
Minnesota will open the best-of-five Finals on Sunday against visiting Atlanta, which completed its sweep of Indiana earlier in the day. The series is a rematch of the 2011 Finals, won by the Lynx in three games.
Diana Taurasi had 21 points for Phoenix, which shot 37 percent.
“We shot the ball incredibly poor, but I think a lot of that was we took ill-advised shots,” Mercury coach Russ Pennell said.
Dream 67, at Fever 53
Angel McCoughtry scored 27 points for Atlanta, which is in the WNBA Finals for the third time in four years.
Tamika Catchings had 24 points for defending champion Indiana, which is coached by ex-Storm coach Lin Dunn.