Minnesota Lynx (3-1) at Mercury (2-1)
September 27, 2015, 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Radio: BOB 106.1 FM
Playoff Game #5, Playoff Road Game #2
·         Minnesota can claim the Western Conference Championship to advance to the WNBA Finals with a win today over Phoenix.  The Lynx have won the Western Conference Championship three times (2011-13) over the last five seasons and have gone on to win the WNBA Championship in 2011 and 2013. 
·         The Minnesota Lynx kicked off its fifth consecutive trip to the Western Conference Finals with a 67-60 win over Phoenix in Thursday’s series opener, improving to 26-21 (.684) all-time in WNBA Playoffs and 19-2 (.905) at Target Center. Both marks are the best for any team in league postseason history. 
·         Over the last 13 games between the Lynx and Phoenix, the home team has won 12 matchups, including playoffs, dating back to 2014. Minnesota and Phoenix have met four times in the Western Conference Finals. The winner of the series has gone on to win the WNBA Championship with Minnesota winning the championship in 2011 and 2013, while Phoenix took home the title in 2014. 
·         Thursday’s win boosted Minnesota’s record to 8-2 all-time in the Western Conference Finals, including 6-2 against Phoenix (4-0 at home). The Mercury have won six straight playoff games  at home dating back to last season and are currently on a streak of seven consecutive wins vs. Minnesota at home.  Phoenix is 6-9 all-time in the Western Conference Finals.
·         Dating back to last season, the Lynx have dropped their past three postseason road games, losing twice in Phoenix to fall to 7-10 all-time in that category. However, in 2011 and 2013 the Lynx swept the Western Conference Finals by winning in Phoenix to go on to win the WNBA Championship. 
·         Minnesota spotted Phoenix an early nine-point cushion before outscoring the Mercury 21-11 in the second quarter on Thursday, including piling up a 17-7 rebounding advantage. The Lynx went on to defeat Phoenix 67-60, which represents the fourth playoff game the Lynx have won when scoring fewer than 70 points. 
·         Rebekkah Brunson hauled in a franchise playoff record 19 rebounds in Thursday’s win vs Phoenix. She also added 13 points for her 10th career postseason double-double. Brunson also grabbed seven offensive rebounds, moving her past Taj McWilliams-Franklin atop the league’s all-time postseason leaderboard in that category. 
·         Minnesota limited Phoenix to just 32.8% shooting and 60 points in Thursday’s win, marking the second-lowest defensive percentage in club playoff history. The Lynx held Atlanta to 31.2% in Game 1 of the 2013 WNBA Finals. The Lynx are 10-2 in the postseason when keeping the opposition below 40% from the field.  Phoenix had a 0-9 record during the 2015 regular season when it was held under 70 points. 
·         The Lynx outrebounded the Mercury 44-30 on Thursday, marking their second straight double-digit board advantage, having outrebounded Los Angeles 40-27 on Tuesday. It’s also the 10th time in franchise playoff history the Lynx have outrebounded an opponent by double-digits, going 9-1 in those contests. In four playoff games this season, the Lynx are outrebounding their opponent by a margin of +5.3, including outscoring their opponent 13.5-5.8 in second chance points. 
·         The Lynx outscored Phoenix 38-18 in the paint on Thursday, the fewest points they’ve ever allowed in that category in postseason play.  Over their last four playoff games, the Lynx are outscoring their opponent 31.5-28.0 in the paint.