On Thursday evening, the Minnesota #Lynx hosted the Washington #Mystics for the second game of the WNBA semifinals series. Her 9.0 win shares were also best in the WNBA.
Elena Delle Donne’s 3-point play was answered by a three-pointer from Moore with 1:53 to go and Whalen added two free throws and a layup for a 10-point lead with 71 seconds left. And after the Lynx missed a chance to repeat as champions last season with a loss to the Sparks in the finals, coach Cheryl Reeve vowed to feature Fowles more going forward.
Fowles capped off the day with a stellar performance of 25 points and nine rebounds as Minnesota won 93-83 over the Mystics.
Fowles, playing her third season in Minneapolis, owned the night. Maya Moore was honored in 2014.
It didn’t take long for the tears to start rolling down Sylvia Fowles’ cheeks, as unstoppable as the Minnesota Lynx center is in the post. “And it would take the pressure off of our perimeter players who have carried us since 2011. Honestly, early in the season it exceeded my expectations as far as how fast she was able to apply it”. While some of her teammates had trouble finding the mark in the first half, Fowles powered her way to the basket over and over again to keep the Lynx in the game.
Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen showed plenty of rust in Game 1 after missing the final 12 games of the regular season with a broken hand. She finished with nine points and seven assists for the latest effort.
Seimone Augustus had 15 points and Rebekkah Brunson 11 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota.
Fowles was named to the All-WNBA first team on Tuesday.
A stronger, more aggressive start had the Mystics up by 10 points and with six more rebounds than the Lynx after the first 10 minutes.
Minnesota outscored Washington 20-8 the rest of the way. After blowing out the Mystics in Game 1, the Mystics came out much sharper and led 29-19 after the first quarter and 47-45 at the half.
The Minnesota Lynx now have a 2-0 lead in the series.