The Minnesota Lynx set a franchise record on Saturday when they picked up their 28th win of the season over the Atlanta Dream. The 28 wins in a single-season are the most in franchise history for the Lynx, who began play in 1999.
The preeminent dynasty in women’s professional basketball, Minnesota has won three of the last five league championships. Their previous season-high win mark of 27 came in both 2011 and 2012. If the San Francisco Giants have even-year magic (having won the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014), the Lynx have odd-year magic. The team won their first WNBA Championship in 2011, and has since won in 2013, and last season, 2015.
But things bode well for Minnesota moving towards the postseason: the only two teams to have eliminated them (Indiana in the 2012 WNBA Finals and Phoenix in the 2014 conference finals) both finished the season under the .500 mark. Their biggest threat comes from the Los Angeles Sparks, who finished 26-8.
The Lynx boast an embarrassment of riches when it comes to stars. Led by Maya Moore, the team has surrounded their franchise cornerstone with Sylvia Fowles, Lindsay Whalen, and Selmone Augustus. Moore is leading the way, averaging 19.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assist per game, while Fowles is pitching in 13.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest.
The team has gone an impressive 15-1 inside the Western Conference (with the only loss coming to the aforementioned Sparks), as well as 15-2 at home inside the Target Center. The first round of the WNBA Playoffs begins on Wednesday with the opening round of matchups. The WNBA Finals begin on October 9 and Minnesota is looking to head back for the fifth time in six seasons after their record-setting regular season.