Minnesota Lynx (0-1) vs Indiana Fever (1-0)

October 6, 2015, 7:00 p.m. (CT)


Radio: BOB 106.1 FM

Playoff Game #7, Playoff Home Game #5


  • Indiana snapped the Lynx’ 10-game home playoff winning streak with Sunday’s 75-69 decision. Over the past five postseasons, the Fever are the only visiting team to win at Target Center. All-time, the Lynx slip to 12-2 in two-possession games (decided by six points or fewer) in the playoffs, with the only other loss coming vs. Indiana in the 2012 Finals opener.


  • Sunday’s loss marked Minnesota’s third home playoff loss in franchise history (20 home postseason contests total). Minnesota is now 27-13 all-time in the WNBA Playoffs and 19-3 at Target Center, which are both the best mark for any team in league postseason history.


  • With Sunday’s win, the Fever earned their 34th playoff victory in the franchise’s history, moving into a first-place tie with the Los Angeles Sparks for the most postseason wins in WNBA history.


  • In a five-year stretch, four of Minnesota’s nine playoff losses have been to Indiana. They’re 1-4 vs. the Fever and 25-5 vs. all other opponents. However, in the regular season, Indiana has lost nine consecutive meetings against Minnesota and nine straight at Target Center.


  • Indiana outscored the Lynx 14-3 over the final four minutes of the second quarter on Sunday, converting on six of eight possessions to turn a five-point deficit into a 35-29 halftime lead. In its six playoff games to date, Minnesota is allowing 22.0 points on 53.7% shooting in the second quarter.


  • Minnesota held the Fever to 36.0% (27-for-75), its second straight sub-40% defensive effort at home (Phoenix shot 32.8% on Sept. 24). The Lynx drop to 10-3 all-time in the postseason when keeping the opposition below 40% from the field.


  • Indiana collected 22 second-chance points in Game 1, marking the second-highest total ever by a Lynx opponent in the postseason (Los Angeles notched 24 on Oct. 7, 2012 at Staples Center). It also matches the top 2015 regular-season mark vs. Minnesota – Tulsa scored 22 on Aug. 1 at BOK Center. The Lynx ranked second in the WNBA this season in fewest second-chance points allowed (9.7 ppg) and had surrendered a total of just 26 points in that category in their first five playoff starts.


  • Sylvia Fowles, who is celebrating her birthday today, posted 21 points and 11 rebounds in Sunday’s Game 1 vs the Fever, marking her eighth career postseason double-double, including second with the Lynx. She ranks second in WNBA Playoffs in rebounding (10.2 rpg), second in blocks (2.33 bpg) and seventh in field goal accuracy (54.9%).


  • Maya Moore posted a game-high 27 points in Sunday’s game and grabbed a playoff career-best 12 rebounds as part of her second postseason double-double. Her 27 points effort also marked the fourth time she has scored 20+ points in a WNBA Finals game (11 games played) and 17th overall in her WNBA postseason history. Moore leads the WNBA Playoffs in scoring (27.7 ppg) and steals (2.50 spg).


  • The 10 points scored by each Minnesota and Indiana in the first quarter of Sunday’s game represents the second-lowest by a single team in Finals history. The current record is eight by Chicago at Phoenix on Sept. 7, 2014.


  • Indiana’s Tamika Catchings will play her 64th career playoff game tonight, tying her with former Lynx player Taj McWilliams-Franklin for the most postseason games played in WNBA history.