Seattle – After starting 169 Lynx games in a row, Maya Moore didn't play Friday in the team's regular-season finale.
The WNBA player of the year in 2014 got a rest against the Seattle Storm. The forward didn't even make the trip to the West Coast.
Also staying home in Minnesota were backcourt starters Seimone Augustus (left foot) and Lindsay Whalen (right Achilles); Augustus has missed the past eight games and Whalen the past four. The Storm took advantage of Minnesota's depleted roster, beating the Lynx 78-64 at KeyArena to end a six-game losing streak in this series.
The Lynx (22-12) had clinched the Western Conference title on Tuesday with a 73-67 win over Seattle at home behind Moore's 20 points.
And with the team's first-round playoff pairing set — the Lynx will play the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday at Target Center — coach Cheryl Reeve started Tricia Liston in place of Moore, who was averaging 33.4 minutes per game, fifth most in the league.
Regular starting center Sylvia Fowles, who missed the first half of the season in a dispute with the Chicago Sky, her former team, did play a lot (35 minutes). She had 21 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season and 99th of her career.
Asjha Jones, Fowles' backup, had 11 points — reaching the 4,000-point career milestone in her 12th season — and six rebounds.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led Seattle (10-23) with 16 points, tying a career high, while rookie Jewell Loyd had 14. Markeisha Gatling added 10 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.