The Minnesota Lynx advance to Western Conference Finals

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Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen drives to the hoop. Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

The Minnesota Lynx have advanced to the WNBA Western Conference Finals for the fourth consecutive year after defeating the San Antonio Stars 94-89 on August 23, 2014 in San Antonio.

Lindsay Whalen had a personal playoff best 31 points in the win and also grabbed 7 rebounds, leading the Lynx’s potent offense.  Seimone Augustus scored 21 points including several key jump shots at the end of the second quarter to lead the Lynx out of their points deficit.  Maya Moore had a double-double (almost a triple-double) with 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and Janel McCarville joined the Lynx double-digit scorers with 10 points on the night.

Saturday evening’s game was the final game in the long career of WNBA star Rebecca Hammon who, after 16 seasons, was able to close out her career at home to the thunderous applause of the San Antonio fans.  Lynx star Seimone Augustus relayed to the media that she thanked Hammon after the game “for everything you did for women and sports.”

The next chapter in Hammon’s career will continue the theme of the last 16 years as she will become the first female in NBA history to have a full-time coaching job when she joins the San Antonio Spurs for the 2014-15 NBA season.

The Minnesota Lynx will meet the winner of the Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks series.  Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for updates and photos from the next round of the WNBA playoffs.  See photos from game one of the series here.