The Minnesota Lynx defeat the Indiana Fever in dominant performance by Maya Moore

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Maya Moore gets out of the way of a tipped pass in the Lynx's victory over the Indiana Fever on Saturday August 24, 2013 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Minnesota Lynx hosted the Indiana Fever on August 24, 2013, the second and final meeting between the teams in the 2013 WNBA regular season.  The first meeting of the teams resulted in a 69-62 Lynx win with Lindsay Whalen leading the way scoring 23 points.  Last season the Lynx swept the Fever in the regular season only to fall to them in a 4-1 drubbing in the WNBA finals

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The Lynx wore their pink jerseys as the team used the game to help promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.   9,504 fans came to the game, considered a sellout at Lynx games and the crowd was a sea of pink, blue and green.

The Lynx entered the game looking for redemption after the Fever dominated the 2012 WNBA finals less than one year ago.  The rivalry manifested itself physical play as the play produced two technical fouls on Indiana and a flagrant foul committed by Minnesota’s Maya Moore.  Despite the physical play the first three quarters were very evenly played.  The Lynx never trailed in the game despite several Fever surges that brought the score to a tie game.  The Lynx led by as much as ten points in the game.

 

Minnesota forward Maya Moore controlled the game, leading the Lynx in scoring with 35 points while grabbing eight rebounds and picking up four steals.  Moore’s 35 points in Saturday’s game marks a career high for her and puts her at the top of the WNBA for most points in a game this year.

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Seimone Augustus scored 17 points while Janel McCarville picked up 12.  Lindsay Whalen led the team in rebounds (8) and assists (7) while picking up nine points but only shot 31% from the field.

Although the team controlled the pace of the game for the majority of the game, capping the night with a 12-2 run, head coach Cheryl Reeve said in the post-game press conference that the Lynx struggled to pick up the pace early compared to the first meeting between the teams.

The Lynx will travel to New York to face the Liberty on August 27.  The Lynx have a record of 20-7 and sit atop the WNBA with a 20-7 record and have already clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference and have a 1.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Sparks.

Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for continued coverage of the Lynx as they gear up for the 2013 WNBA Playoffs that are set to start in less than one month.