The Minnesota Lynx continued their warpath through the WNBA on Wednesday night when they defeated the Phoenix Mercury 113-95. The 113 points scored by the Lynx is a record for the most points scored in a regulation WNBA playoff game. With the win, the team takes a 1-0 lead on the Mercury in the best-of-five series to determine the Western Conference champion.
The lead was stretched when the Lynx outscored the Mercury 31-15 in the game’s second quarter. Led by forward Maya Moore and her 31-point, eight-rebound effort, Minnesota won the first game it had played in 10 days, due to having the No. 1 seed, which allotted them a bye up to this point. The well-rested Lynx looked every bit of it, shooting 63.9 percent from the floor, with every player who took to the floor shooting at least 50 percent.
Lynx star center Sylvia Fowles posted 16 points and 10 rebounds in under 25 minutes of action. Also having a strong game for Minnesota was guard Lindsay Whalen, who shot 9-for-12 from the floor, scoring 19 points and chipping in seven assists.
It’s been just one game, but the duo of Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner may not be enough to topple the No. 1 overall seed in Minnesota. Despite Griner going 7-for-8 (but grabbing just two rebounds) and Taurasi 9-for-14 with four three-pointers made, the Mercury are going to need help from the rest of their roster to slow down a Lynx offense that is clicking on all cylinders after an extended break.