At a glance: WNBA Western Conference final

  • Updated: October 3, 2012 - 10:13 PM

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL (BEST OF THREE)

Lynx (27-7) vs. Los Angeles (24-10)

Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday at Target Center, ESPN2

Game 2: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Los Angeles, Ch. 5

Game 3 (if nec.): 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, ESPN2

THE MATCHUP

ON THE COURT

Lynx: Good thing the Lynx are home. The defending champions have to be a little tired and physically beat up after winning a tough three-game semifinals series with Seattle. On Sunday, the Lynx lost in two overtimes on the road, then on Tuesday battled until the last possession to edge the Storm 73-72. In that game, point guard Lindsay Whalen injured her left wrist but returned. ... Forward Rebekkah Brunson is tied with Indiana's Tamika Catchings in averaging a league-high 11.7 rebounds in the playoffs. ... Seimone Augustus has become a second-half spark in the past two games, scoring 14 points and then 12 in the third quarter. ... Second-year forward Maya Moore scored 20 points against the Storm in the third game. But coach Cheryl Reeve is concerned with her defense: "She had a tremendous first half offensively. She scored 17 points. I think she probably gave up 16 points, so that is a plus-one."

Los Angeles: The Sparks had five starters who averaged in double figures during the regular season. ... The two leading scorers are the inside-outside combination of 6-4 Candace Parker and 5-7 Kristi Toliver. Parker averaged 17.4 points; Toliver's 17.5 edged her. Parker averaged 28.5 points and Toliver 26 as L.A. swept San Antonio in two games. ... The Sparks were second in the WNBA scoring at 84 points per game -- two behind the Lynx. They were 16-1 at home during the regular season, same as the Lynx, but had a losing 8-9 record on the road. ... They were 2-2 vs. the Lynx this season, winning twice at home, losing twice at Target Center.

COACHING

Lynx: Cheryl Reeve was the Coach of the Year in the WNBA last season when her team was 27-7 in the regular season and 7-1 in the postseason. Reeve has shortened her bench for the playoffs and prefers the Lynx play at a fast pace.

Los Angeles: Carol Ross became the Sparks head coach after three seasons as an assistant on the Atlanta Dream staff. Ross is a strong candidate for the Coach of the Year award this season. Last year the Sparks were 15-19 and missed the playoffs.

PREDICTION

The first team to 100 will win every game. At their best, the Lynx can run and shoot better than any team in the league, so they win in three.

ROMAN AUGUSTOVIZ

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New England 0 1st Qtr 13:40
Seattle 0
Miami 83 FINAL
Boston 75
LA Lakers 80 FINAL
New York 92
Arizona 3 FINAL
Montreal 2
St. Louis 4 FINAL
Washington 3
Nashville 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 4 FINAL
Vancouver 2
Miami-Florida 54 FINAL
Florida State 55
Oakland 96 FINAL
Youngstown St 80
Cincinnati 46 FINAL
East Carolina 50
Michigan 66 FINAL
Michigan State 76
Marist 75 FINAL
Canisius 67
Fordham 77 FINAL
Dayton 101
Manhattan 87 FINAL
Monmouth 76
Quinnipiac 100 FINAL
Niagara 105
Utah 67 FINAL
USC 39
Connecticut 68 FINAL
Houston 70
California 90 FINAL
Washington 88
North Dakota St 64 FINAL
Western Ill 62
Penn State 65 FINAL
(22) Rutgers 76
(14) Texas 59 FINAL
TCU 64
Coll of Charleston 49 FINAL
Towson 71
Cornell 53 FINAL
Yale 60
Xavier 68 FINAL
Providence 57
Drexel 61 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 44
Stony Brook 60 FINAL
New Hampshire 52
Maine 52 FINAL
Albany 44
Miami-Florida 66 FINAL
Pittsburgh 81
(21) Georgia 72 FINAL
(10) Kentucky 80
Arizona 69 FINAL
Colorado 81
Wake Forest 63 FINAL
(4) Notre Dame 92
Loyola-Chicago 56 FINAL
Illinois State 72
(24) Oklahoma 69 FINAL
West Virginia 78
St Johns 73 FINAL
Seton Hall 78
Delaware 73 FINAL
Hofstra 62
Binghamton 49 FINAL
UMass Lowell 66
Vermont 49 FINAL
Hartford 60
William & Mary 72 FINAL
Northeastern 66
Boston College 60 FINAL
(16) North Carolina 72
Virginia 77 FINAL
Clemson 72
(2) Connecticut 83 FINAL
Temple 49
Arkansas 53 FINAL
Alabama 42
Virginia Tech 71 FINAL
Georgia Tech 79
Kansas 58 FINAL
(3) Baylor 66
Canisius 51 FINAL
Rider 52
Monmouth 52 FINAL
Fairfield 54
Quinnipiac 81 FINAL
Saint Peters 50
Butler 55 FINAL
Creighton 62
Wichita State 61 FINAL
Drake 64
Evansville 52 FINAL
Indiana State 67
(18) Miss State 67 FINAL
(6) Tennessee 79
Villanova 47 FINAL
DePaul 49
Georgetown 73 FINAL
Marquette 80
North Texas 55 FINAL
Rice 58
Auburn 45 FINAL
(12) Texas A&M 78
(11) Arizona State 58 FINAL
Utah 48
Missouri State 56 FINAL
Northern Iowa 64
Michigan 60 FINAL
(15) Nebraska 75
Minnesota 49 FINAL
Northwestern 70
Wisconsin 73 FINAL
Illinois 62
Bradley 59 FINAL
Southern Ill 76
Florida 67 FINAL
Vanderbilt 58
(20) Iowa 88 FINAL
(5) Maryland 93
(1) South Carolina 67 2nd Half 3:58
Ole Miss 47
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