The Minnesota Lynx enter the 2014 post season as the number two ranked team in the Western Conference. They faced the San Antonio Stars on August 21, 2014 in the first round of the playoffs and emerged victorious despite a last minute rally by the Stars.
The evening started early for Lynx forward Maya Moore, who was awarded the 2014 WNBA Most Valuable Player trophy before the game started
The Lynx led from the 1:50 mark in the first quarter all the way until just 4:12 remained on the clock. The Stars, led by Becky Hammon, took the lead briefly and kept the game within five points the rest of the way with Hammon scoring eight of the Stars’ final 14 points. Hammon will join the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff after the conclusion of the WNBA playoffs, making her the first full time female coach in NBA history.
Moore would go on to earn that title, leading the Lynx in scoring with 26 points, two blocks, three steals, seven assists and six rebounds. The Lynx racked up an impressive 27 assists (they made 36 baskets) in the win.
Lindsay Whalen had a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists, adding seven rebounds for good measure. Seimone Augustus and Janel McCarville also scored in double digits, 16 and 11 points respectively.
The Lynx will face the Stars in San Antonio on Saturday, August 23 with a game three scheduled for Monday August 25 if necessary.
Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for updates from the WNBA Playoffs.