Minnesota Lynx open Western conference finals with a win

Minnesota Lynx continue their title defense with a win against Los Angeles Sparks in the Western conference finals. Lynx are now one game away from returning to WNBA Finals in this best of three series.

There was some tight defense being played in the series between Minnesota and Seattle, but that wasn’t the case in this game. Los Angeles could not provide nowhere the same defensive intensity. After a slow first quarter Minnesota got their legs under them and went on a 14-2 run in the second quarter. They scored twice as many points in the second quarter (32) as in the first (16).

In the third quarter Minnesota’s lead reached 24 points before Los Angeles went on a run to close out the third quarter down 13. Sparks could not get enough stops in the fourth quarter to get the game in single digits.

Minnesota’s usual suspects, Whalen, Brunson and Augustus, received some help from the Lynx bench, who were a non factor in the Seattle series. Amber Harris and Monica Wright had 9 points each.

Los Angeles’ leading regular season scorer Kristi Toliver was a non factor – 2 points, 0 assists, 3 turnovers in the first three quarters. She scored ten in the final quarter when the game was never within reach. Lynx were able to to limit everyone outside of Parker and Beard when it mattered.

Los Angeles Sparks – Minnesota Lynx 77-94
SparksParker 25 (11 reb), Beard 16, Toliver 12
LynxMoore 20, Augustus 16, Brunson 14 (10 reb), Whalen 12, Harris 9, Wright 9
Minnesota leads the series 1-0.