In the past, the dynastic Minnesota Lynx might have been able to come from an 0-2 deficit in the WNBA Finals. Not this year though, as the new playoff format means they face their Western Conference equal in the Finals as opposed to an underdog from the East.
After a heartbreaking Game 1 loss, the Lynx responded in Tuesday night’s Game 2, holding the lead for the final three quarters in a 79-60 win to even up this highly anticipated series at one game apiece. Though the Sparks had a 14-0 to get close early in the second half, Minnesota pulled away with an 8-0 run of their own.
Maya Moore led the way for the Lynx as the only player on either team with more than 14 points. She posted 21 (8-16 FG) and 12 boards, along with three assists and two steals to fill out the box score.
MVP Nneka Ogwumike recorded a double-double of her own for the Sparks, with 14 points and 12 rebounds, but she didn’t have the help that Moore did. Ogwumike only took six shots, hitting five, and the rest of her team went a combined 18-64 from the floor with 20 rebounds. By contrast, Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles had 15 boards by herself.
Fowles was also one of three teammates to flank Moore with double digit points, joined by Seimone Augustus (13) and Rebekkah Brunson (10). Meanwhile, Candace Parker had just six points on 3-12 from the field for Los Angeles.
Nevertheless, the Sparks still got the split. One has to imagine Minnesota will likely find a way to manage a season-saving split of their own in Los Angeles, where the series will resume on Friday night.