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Maya Moore scores 26 points, Lynx take 2-0 lead over Mercury

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Maya Moore scored 26 points and the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 96-86 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. Lindsay Whalen scored 12 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota. Rebekkah Brunson had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Sylvia Fowles finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, and Jia...
Via AP on Fox
September 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Sparks and Lynx move within 1 win of WNBA Finals showdown

After double-digit victories in the first two games of their respective semifinal series, the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx are one win away from meeting in the WNBA Finals. The defending champion Lynx is seeking their fourth crown in six years, buoyed by a quartet that won Olympic gold with the U.S. national women's team in Rio. The Sparks have a shot at their first title...
Via AP on Fox
October 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Moore scores 20 to help Lynx sweep Mercury with 82-67 win

PHOENIX (AP) Maya Moore scored 20 points and Natasha Howard added 17 to help the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 82-67 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep of the semifinal series. The top-seeded Lynx, who also eliminated the Mercury in the penultimate round a year ago, await the winner of Los Angeles-Chicago in their return trip to the WNBA...
Via AP on Fox
October 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Lynx sweep Mercury out of playoffs

PHOENIX -- Maya Moore scored 20 points and Natasha Howard added 17 to help the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 82-67 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep of the semifinal series. The top-seeded Lynx, who also eliminated the Mercury in the penultimate round a year ago, await the winner of Los Angeles-Chicago in their return trip to the WNBA finals...
Via AP on Fox
October 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Parker scores 29 points to lead Sparks over Sky

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Candace Parker scored 29 points and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Chicago Sky 95-75 on Tuesday night to advance to the WNBA Finals. Kristi Toliver added 21 points and league MVP Nneka Ogwumike had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Sparks, who led by as much as 28 and won the semifinal series 3-1. They will face the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in...
Via AP on Fox
October 04, 2016  |  Discuss

WNBA Finals preview: Can a founding stalwart dethrone the defending champs?

Back in May, when the league’s general managers were surveyed on which teams would win the WNBA Finals, the majority of them picked the Phoenix Mercury. Diana Taurasi’s return to the league after a season overseas was supposed to catapult the team toward its fourth championship, but save for the late-season push into the playoffs, the Mercury was nowhere close to contending....
Via Yardbarker
October 07, 2016  |  Discuss

WNBA Finals features matchup of best teams, Lynx vs Sparks

All season long the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks have been the best two teams in the WNBA. Thanks to the new playoff format, the Western Conference teams will meet in the WNBA Finals. A year ago these two powerhouses would have played in the conference finals with the winner a huge favorite to win the championship. The Western Conference champion has won the league's title...
Via AP on Fox
October 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Beard's jumper lifts Sparks over Lynx in Game 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Alana Beard hit a jumper from the baseline just before time expired to lift the Los Angeles Sparks in a 78-76 victory over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday. With the defense collapsing on Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike in the paint, Beard was all alone in the corner. She took the pass from Chelsea Gray and knocked down jumper with a...
Via AP on Fox
October 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Lynx fall just short in Game 1 loss to Sparks

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alana Beard hit a jumper from the baseline just before time expired to lift the Los Angeles Sparks in a 78-76 victory over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday.With the defense collapsing on Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike in the paint, Beard was all alone in the corner. She took the pass from Chelsea Gray and knocked down jumper with a hand...
Via AP on Fox
October 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Sparks looked more poised than Lynx in Game 1 of WNBA Finals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Lynx have a core group of players participating in their fifth WNBA Finals in the last six seasons. The Los Angeles Sparks only have one player who has made it this far before, and she is a seldom-used reserve. When it came to poise, consistency and playmaking in Game 1, however, the Sparks looked like the battle-tested group. And now the Lynx are...
Via AP on Fox
October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Lynx to lean on experience to dig out of Finals hole

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Lynx have a core group of players participating in their fifth WNBA Finals in the last six seasons. The Los Angeles Sparks only have one player who has made it this far before, and she is a seldom-used reserve.When it came to poise, consistency and playmaking in Game 1, however, the Sparks looked like the battle-tested group. And now the Lynx are left...
Via AP on Fox
October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Lynx's Moore, Fowles double-double in Game 2 win over Sparks

MINNEAPOLIS -- Maya Moore had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx even the WNBA Finals at one game apiece with a 79-60 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 2 on Tuesday night.Sylvia Fowles had 13 points and 15 boards and Minnesota held Los Angeles to 32.9 percent shooting to bounce back from a last-second loss in Game 1. Seimone Augustus scored 14 points and...
Via AP on Fox
October 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Lynx guard Moore named to All-WNBA First Team

NEW YORK -- Minnesota Lynx guard Maya Moore has been named to the All-WNBA First Team, while center Sylvia Fowles is a member of the All-WNBA Second Team.Los Angeles Sparks forward and WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike was the only unanimous pick, receiving 39 first-place votes and 195 points from the media panel.New York center Tina Charles was second with 38 first-team votes and 193 points...
Via AP on Fox
October 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Parker-led LA Sparks on brink of 1st WNBA title since 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) For their first 11 years, the face of the Los Angeles Sparks was Lisa Leslie. Three-time WNBA MVP. Eight-time All-Star. Two league championships. Leslie retired in 2009, a year after the Sparks took Candace Parker as the No. 1 pick in the draft. Parker was expected to pick up where Leslie left off. Individually, the former Tennessee star certainly did. She's...
Via AP on Fox
October 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Lynx beat Sparks 85-79, claw back to tie WNBA Finals

LOS ANGELES (AP) Maya Moore scored 31 points and Minnesota's defense held Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker in check to help the Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 85-79 on Sunday night and force a decisive fifth game in the WNBA Finals. Lindsay Whalen added 13 points, Seimone Augustus had 12 and Sylvia Fowles had 10 points and 13 rebounds in tying the series 2-2 and sending it...
Via AP on Fox
October 16, 2016  |  Discuss

History on the line for Lynx in Game 5

MINNEAPOLIS -- Seimone Augustus was a 13-year-old girl when she watched the Houston Comets win the first WNBA championship in 1997.The Comets would win the first four titles in the league, proving to basketball-loving girls across the country that there was a place for them to pursue their dreams. And Augustus couldn't get enough of them.Two decades later, Augustus and the Minnesota...
Via AP on Fox
October 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Best winner-take-all games in WNBA Finals history

There’s something magical about the idea of a winner-take-all game. It’s why no matter how well or poorly the viewership may be for a playoff series in any team sport – save for the NFL’s single-elimination format – more eyeballs tune in for the last game where both combatants have no choice but to put any and every ounce of energy left to win. It’s the stuff clichés...
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October 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Sparks win WNBA title, beating Minnesota Lynx 77-76 for 3-2 series victory

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Los Angeles Sparks win WNBA title, beating Minnesota Lynx 77-76 for 3-2 series victory.
Via AP on Fox
October 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Candace Parker dedicates WNBA championship to Pat Summitt

The Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday won their third WNBA championship, and it was a special one for Candace Parker. Parker was named Finals MVP after leading the Sparks to a 77-76 victory with 28 points in the series clinching game over the Lynx. When asked by ESPN's Holly Rowe what winning the championship meant to her, Parker emotionally replied, “This is for Pat.” Prior...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 20, 2016  |  Discuss

LA Sparks pop champagne after win over Minnesota Lynx (VIDEO)

The game of the night on Thursday wasn’t the Cubs-Dodgers game, nor was it the Packers and Bears squared off on Thursday Night Football. It was the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx, battling for the WNBA title. The Sparks won a thriller 77-76 thanks to a game-winning fadeaway jumper by Nneka Ogwumike, and they celebrated appropriately. Plenty of bubbly was popped in the locker...
Via The Sports Daily
October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Candace Parker's resume is complete with WNBA title

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) For all Candace Parker had accomplished on the court, that glowing resume had one glaring omission - a WNBA title. The championship she'd been chasing with Los Angeles since the Sparks made her the first pick in the 2008 draft was all the more special at the end of a trying season. Nneka Ogwumike's short jumper with 3.1 seconds left, off the rebound of her blocked...
Via AP on Fox
October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

WNBA admits referees messed up pivotal Game 5 call

It hurts losing a game. It really hurts when you lose a championship. Especially when it feels like the referees took a chance away from you. Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve was incensed when her team lost to the Los Angeles Sparks because the referees didn’t review a shot clock violation that they blatantly missed. According to the WNBA itself, Reeve does have a point...
Via The Comeback
October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Indiana Fever hire Pokey Chatman as new head coach

The Indiana Fever hired Pokey Chatman as their new coach Friday, bringing in an WNBA veteran in hopes of continuing their annual visits to the postseason. Chatman will take over a team that has a rich history in the WNBA, winning a title in 2012 and reaching the playoffs for the past 12 years. Indiana was 17-17 this past year, losing in the first round. Coach Stephanie White left...
Via AP on Fox
November 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Fever hire veteran WNBA coach Pokey Chatman

Pokey Chatman has seen how good the Indiana Fever can be from the opposing sideline. Now she'll get a chance to lead them.The Fever hired Chatman as their new coach Friday, bringing in a WNBA veteran in hopes of continuing their annual visits to the postseason."I can remember when I first went to Chicago, quite frankly, I was trying to build a team to beat Indiana. What they had...
Via AP on Fox
November 18, 2016  |  Discuss

WNBA opens season on May 13; 8 regular-season games on ESPN2

NEW YORK (AP) The WNBA will open its season on May 13 with the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks hosting the Seattle Storm. The league announced the regular-season schedule on Tuesday. The opening game on ESPN will feature the Sparks' league MVP Nneka Ogwumike and finals MVP Candace Parker against the Storm's rookie of the year Breanna Stewart and veteran Sue Bird. The WNBA...
Via AP on Fox
November 29, 2016  |  Discuss
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