The Minnesota Lynx earned their third WNBA title in five years by blowing out the Indiana Fever in Game 5 on Wednesday night, 69-52.
Sylvia Fowles led the way for the Lynx, tallying 20 points and 11 rebounds. Fowles earned WNBA Finals MVP honors, as she averaged 20.7 points in the three home games and 15.6 points for the series.
Seimone Augustus chipped in 16 points in the victory. Lynx star Maya Moore had a quiet game offensively, scoring just five points on 1-of-8 shooting, but it didn’t matter.
The Fever shot just 35.7 percent from the field, derailing their bid at yet another road upset in an elimination game this postseason. Indiana beat the Chicago Sky and New York Liberty in road Game 3s in the first two rounds, but the magic ran out in Minnesota.
Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 18 points and 11 rebounds, but she shot just 5-of-16 from the field. Catchings did set a record in the game, becoming the woman with the most field goals in WNBA postseason history. Briann January added 13 points in the loss.
The Lynx last won the title in 2013, which was the third of three consecutive trips to the WNBA Finals. Minnesota and Indiana did battle in the 2012 Finals, but the Fever came away victorious in that series. Now the Lynx have their revenge after a dominating Game 5 victory, which was put out of reach in the third quarter.
And check this out:
Maya Moore 1st 5 seasons
– 3 WNBA titles
– MVP award
– Rookie of Year award
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— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 15, 2015
Pretty impressive stuff. Congrats to Moore, Fowles and the Lynx on their championship.