Another year, another playoff appearance for the Lynx.
With Minnesota’s 89-73 win over the Aces in Las Vegas on Thursday night, the Lynx clinched their eighth-straight postseason appearance. That streak is the longest such active streak in the WNBA.
With Rebekkah Brunson (nose) and Lindsay Whalen (rest) out, Maya Moore campe to play. The former MVP put up 34 points, five assists and two steals to lead the Lynx. Moore shot an efficient 12-for-19 from the field and 5-for-7 from the 3-point line.
Tanisha Wright led the second unit with 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Seimone Augustus added 11 points, while Sylvia Fowles finished with just 10 points, but hauled in a ridiculous 19 rebounds.
Fowles needs 48 rebounds over four games for the WNBA record.
The bad news for Minnesota is that point guard Danielle Robinson, who’s been playing extremely well, left in the second half with an ankle injury. We’ll update you when we can on the injury.
The Lynx improve to 17-13 on the season. They are a half game back from fifth place, one game back from fourth and two back from third. They are a game up on the seventh-placed Mercury.
Minnesota heads home to host the Seattle Storm on Sunday at Target Center. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. on Fox Sports North and BOB 106.1 FM.
The clinch is just the start for a Lynx team with bigger goals.
“That’s what we told our team. Just making the playoffs is not a goal. It is the first step,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said after the game. “We’ve always been mindful through the years to celebrate every success because sometimes you start to take it for granted and time passes you by and you don’t have enough appreciation for it. I think the longevity of it comes from the collection of players that have stuck together in a time where the grass could be greener or maybe somebody wants more of a role. This group has just stayed together. It speaks to their commitment and greatness. I’m just fortunate to be the one on the sidelines with them during that run. It’s special, there’s no doubt about.”