In one of the most entertaining games of the season, the Minnesota Lynx came up short in Chicago against the Sky, 98-97 in overtime.
The defending WNBA Champions, having secured home court advantage throughout the playoffs, decided to sit guard Lindsay Whalen, and the Sky were without last season’s Most Valuable Player, Elena Delle Donne, due to injury.
Going back-and-forth all game long, each team had a trio of players that performed exceptionally well. For the Lynx, Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles combined for 61 points, seven assists, 12 boards and four steals/blocks. The Sky, with EDD out, had to rely on Cappie Pondexter, Courtney Vandersloot and Tamera Young to score more than usual and carry the team. Those three players came up big for Chicago and combined for 58 points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals.
Up by three with four seconds to go, Vandersloot went to the free-throw line for two shots. After making the first, the crafty veteran cleverly missed her second shot, got her own rebound and got fouled on her game-tying shot attempt. Vandersloot went on to make both free throws, tie the game at 86 and force overtime.
Down by one point, 98-97, with 20 seconds left, rookie Imani Boyette came up with a huge block on Augustus, sealing the game for the Sky.
10: Despite scoring 98 points in the contest, the Sky only tallied 12 assists throughout the game, this many dimes less than Minnesota had when the final buzzer sounded.
0: Again, a very interesting stat posted by Chicago based off of the amount of points they scored is their 3-point makes. The Sky made this many shots of their incredibly low three attempts from outside of the arc.
51.5: Known for their defensive tenacity, Minnesota struggled keeping Chicago’s guards at bay and allowed the Sky to shoot this high percentage from the field.
Leader of the Pack: Maya Moore
The WNBA’s MVP in 2014 had a great performance with a game-high 27 points on 8-for-16 shooting, five assists, two boards, and a steal/block.
Minnesota will have their last road game of the season on Friday night in Indiana against the Fever. The game will start at 6:00 p.m. and will be available for viewing on NBA TV or, as always, you can listen along on 106.1 BOB FM.