Lynx finish regular season with a win, secure WNBA's best record

Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore, the two Lynx league MVP candidates, outplayed Chicago’s two.

view larger photos

  

 

This began as a game with playoff implications. Best in the West vs. Best in the East. One game, winner takes top seed in the WNBA in what might have been a preview of the league finals.

By the time it ended it was an MVP referendum.

Minnesota beat Chicago 79-66 at Target Center Saturday night. It gave the Lynx (26-8) the top playoff seed for the third consecutive season and 80 wins since the start of the 2011 season. The Sky, which entered the game having won nine of 10 games, finished 24-10.

It was a high-intensity battle between two very talented teams that included four legitimate MVP contenders.

Advantage, Lynx.

Lindsay Whalen, capping off perhaps her best WNBA regular season ever, scored 23 points, had six assists and six rebounds and a dominant second quarter. Maya Moore scored 22 points with 11 rebounds and six assists, getting her team off to a great start. Together, they had more points at halftime (35) than the Sky (34).

The Sky’s dynamic duo of rookie forward Elena Delle Donne (14 points) and center Sylvia Fowles (17 points and 11 rebounds), both of whom scored 30-plus in Chicago’s overtime victory over Minnesota last month, were held in relative check by Rebekkah Brunson and Janel McCarville, respectively.

It was, as it has been all year for the Lynx, a team effort laden with star appeal.

The Lynx pounded the boards (44-26 edge in rebounds) while holding Chicago to 37.5 percent shooting.

“There were two things on our minds tonight,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “First, to get that best overall record, which nobody else has. Second, it was fan appreciation night.’’

When Reeve got here in 2010, Target Center was rarely full. Saturday the team was selling standing-room-only lower bowl seats. “I told them, they did that,” Reeve said. “They built this thing. I wanted them to bask in that.’’

After the work was done, of course.

“We’re one step closer to our goals we set at the beginning of the season,” Moore said. “We’re proud of what we’ve done. We’re definitely enjoying tonight.”

But that’s where it will end. “Now we have to focus up for Seattle,” Whalen said of the team’s Western Conference semifinal matchup, which begins Friday at Target Center.

“While our record says we’re the best, now we have to go out there and prove it,” Reeve said. “Everybody is 0-0.’’

  • related content

  • Chart: Lynx records set this season

    Saturday September 14, 2013

    RECORD BREAKERSThe Lynx set a number of significant franchise records in their 2013 regular season, which ended Saturday. Here are...

  • Lynx first-round playoff schedule

    Saturday September 14, 2013

    WNBA playoffs Western Conference semifinalsNo. 1 Lynx vs. No. 4 Seattle (Lynx won season series 4-0)Game 1: 8 p.m. Friday...

  • Postgame: Lynx regular season ends on a high note

    Saturday September 14, 2013

    Intense game ends with Lynx clinching the top seed in the WNBA playoffs

  • Lynx Maya Moore made a layup in the paint against the Sky’s Sylvia Fowles during the first half

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cleveland 86 FINAL
Indiana 93
Washington 81 FINAL
Philadelphia 89
Golden State 113 FINAL
Toronto 89
New York 121 FINAL
Detroit 115
Orlando 88 FINAL
Atlanta 95
Charlotte 98 FINAL
Boston 106
LA Clippers 97 FINAL
Memphis 79
Brooklyn 98 FINAL
Houston 102
Miami 102 FINAL
New Orleans 104
Minnesota 89 FINAL
Chicago 96
Utah 104 FINAL
Denver 82
San Antonio 107 FINAL
Sacramento 96
Milwaukee 93 FINAL
LA Lakers 101
Oklahoma City 112 FINAL
Portland 115
Boston 3 FINAL(OT)
New Jersey 2
Calgary 1 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
Washington 0 FINAL
Carolina 3
Chicago 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay 4
Colorado 5 FINAL(SO)
Dallas 4
Los Angeles 2 FINAL
Anaheim 4
Siena 63 FINAL
Quinnipiac 73
Harvard 49 FINAL
Cornell 57
Penn 69 FINAL
Brown 75
Fairfield 65 FINAL
Canisius 72
Manhattan 75 FINAL
Iona 79
Saint Peters 67 FINAL
Marist 69
Princeton 60 FINAL
Yale 81
Ohio 58 FINAL
Akron 70
Dartmouth 84 FINAL
Columbia 71
Valparaiso 56 FINAL
Cleveland State 53
Louisiana Tech 75 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 88
Seton Hall 77 FINAL
Xavier 60
Cornell 54 FINAL
Harvard 60
Yale 49 FINAL
(14) Princeton 67
Elon 51 FINAL
Drexel 54
Northeastern 47 FINAL
James Madison 82
St Johns 60 FINAL
Butler 49
Creighton 71 FINAL
Georgetown 62
Brown 58 FINAL
Penn 75
Columbia 50 FINAL
Dartmouth 60
Canisius 54 FINAL
Siena 58
St Josephs Brooklyn 35 FINAL
NJIT 78
Western Carolina 86 FINAL
UNC Greensboro 80
Colorado 66 FINAL
Arizona 51
Southern Ill 72 FINAL
Bradley 66
Drake 59 FINAL
Wichita State 80
Indiana State 71 FINAL
Evansville 53
Illinois State 53 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 67
Northern Iowa 70 FINAL
Missouri State 72
Utah 42 FINAL
(10) Arizona State 46
Providence 62 FINAL
Villanova 71
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close