The WNBA’s answer to a modern dynasty is heading back to the WNBA Finals, as the Minnesota Lynx swept away the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday night, winning the game 82-67, and the series 3-0. They’re now heading back to the WNBA Finals for the second consecutive season and the fifth time in the last six years.
As is usual the case when it comes to the Lynx, the game began and ended with forward Maya Moore. She scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds, assisted on three buckets, and stole three passes, helping Minnesota pull away in the second half and move her team into the Finals.
But the surprise player of the night came from off the Lynx bench, when guard Natasha Howard went 8-for-11 from the field for 17 points, while also grabbing eight rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
For the Mercury, they were unable to stick around with the Lynx machine for the third consecutive game. They shot just 5-for-19 from deep, and turned the ball over (15 times) more than they assisted on made baskets (13 times). In order to upset the Lynx, they needed their superstar players to play like such, but Diana Taurasi had just 12 points and Brittney Griner finished with nine.
In the other semi-final match-up of the night, the Chicago Sky staved off elimination by knocking off the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 3, forcing a fourth game in the series, even without superstar forward Elena Delle Donne. The Sparks finished with the second-best record in the league during the regular season, just two games behind Minnesota.