Lynx Complete Sweep Of Stars, Clinch Spot In Semis

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

The Minnesota Lynx kicked their season-long three-game road trip off on the right foot Friday night.

Minnesota took down the San Antonio Stars 89-70 at AT&T Center in San Antonio to win its second straight game and third game in the last four contests.

With the win, the Lynx also completed the 3-0 season sweep of the Stars and clinched homecourt advantage in the semifinal round of the WNBA Playoffs.

“Every win is important, that’s where we are at. We have worked long and hard all season to be in position to try to be the number one seed in the WNBA playoffs,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said after the game. “We have worked really, really hard and tonight’s game was really important, it was the biggest game of the season for us, the next game that we win creates a better position for ourselves.”

Maya Moore led Minnesota with 24 points and four assists. Sylvia Fowles had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Natasha Howard had 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists, Plenette Pierson had 10 points and five rebounds, Jia Perkins had 10 points and four rebounds, Renee Montgomery had nine points and eight assists, Seimone Augustus had eight points and four assists and Temi Fagbenle added six points off the bench.

“I definitely wanted to step up (defensively), San Antonio is good at home and my matches are players that usually like to score. Offensively, I was just trying to be aggressive, I felt like my team needed a lift in that first half,” Moore said postgame. “I was just looking to be locked in to whatever play was being called or whatever I saw offensively, I was able to find my teammates a few times, so it felt good.”

Kayla McBride had 15 points and four assists and Kayla Alexander had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead San Antonio. Kelsey Plum had 11 points and six assists and Sequoia Holmes added seven points off the bench.

With the win, Minnesota improves to a WNBA-best 24-6 overall this season with four games remaining. With the loss, San Antonio falls to 7-25 on the year.

“Our next up is Los Angeles and that is who we are fighting with in that spot,” Reeve said. “So it should be a good one.”

Highlight Of The Game

The highlight of the game for Minnesota was their second quarter.

After falling behind 23-15 after the first quarter, the Lynx went on to outscore the Stars 31-14 in the second quarter to take a 46-37 lead into halftime.

Minnesota went on to outscore San Antonio 43-33 in the second half to run away with the victory.

The Numbers Game

  • Minnesota shot 55.2 percent from the field in the game, while San Antonio shot 39.4 percent from the field.
  • The Lynx held a 50-30 advantage over the Stars in points in the paint.
  • Minnesota’s largest lead of the game was 23, while San Antonio’s largest lead was eight.

Player Of The Game

Friday night’s Lynx Player of the Game goes to Maya Moore.

Leading her team in scoring for the third straight game, Moore shot 10-of-15 from the field, went 2-for-4 from three and shot 2-for-3 from the free throw line.

Up Next

The Lynx will continue on in their current three-game road trip with a stop in Los Angeles to take on the Sparks at 6 p.m. Sunday at STAPLES Center. The game will be aired on ESPN2 and can be heard on 106.1 BOB FM and TuneIn Radio.