The WNBA Conference Finals are set, with the New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx punching their tickets on Tuesday to join the Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever in the next round.
The top-seeded Liberty advanced after a thrilling 79-74 Game 3 victory over the Washington Mystics. The game was a seesaw affair, with the Mystics jumping out to a 10-point lead before New York roared back to take an eight-point lead into the break. Washington then came back and had the game tied going into the final frame, but the Liberty came away victorious. Tina Charles led the way with 22 points.
The Liberty will play the Fever in the Eastern Conference Finals. Indiana upset the Chicago Sky in three games, overcoming an incredible 40-point effort from league MVP Elena Delle Donne in a 100-89 Game 3 victory in Chicago. The Fever shot nearly 58 percent from the field, with Tamika Catchings scoring 27 points.
In the second game of Tuesday night, the Lynx held off Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks in a 91-80 Game 3 victory. Parker had 28 points and 13 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Maya Moore put up 20 points to lead top-seeded Minnesota.
The Lynx will take on the Mercury in the Western Conference Finals. Phoenix easily dispatched the Tulsa Shock in two games, as the Mercury won the two games by a combined 57 points. WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Brittney Griner dominated in both games, even setting a playoff record with 11 blocks in Game 1 of the series.