HARTFORD, Conn. -- November 23, 2015. It was 30 years ago today . . .
That Geno Auriemma won his first UConn game (also his first as a head coach). Winning that game and the next six games, that 1985 team began to believe that basketball belonged in Storrs, Conn. Five years later, Connecticut was in the Final Four. Five years after that, the team began the first perfect season leading to the first national championship. Over the next 20 years, UConn has won half the championships available.
MINNEAPOLIS -- What if I told you the Minnesota Lynx would log a runaway win over the Indiana Fever in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals with Maya Moore scoring just five points? You most likely wouldn't believe it, but an all-time franchise record crowd of 18,933 witnessed exactly that scenario unfold on Wednesday night as the Lynx defeated the Fever 69-52 to claim their third WNBA championship and their first at Target Center.
INDIANAPOLIS -- For the first time in six years, there will be a fifth game to decide the winner of the WNBA Finals.
The Indiana Fever used a 22-8 run in the third quarter to spring a 75-69 win over the Minnesota Lynx at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, keeping their perfect postseason record in elimination games intact (5-0) and evening the series at two games apiece.
"I've seen a team that, first and foremost, has a hunger to play for each other," said Fever head coach Stephanie White. "That's why we're here ‑‑ because of the selflessness."
In some ways, the 2015 WNBA Finals is resembling its 2012 counterpart. Just like three years ago, the Minnesota Lynx bounced back from a loss to defeat the Indiana Fever, winning 77-71 Tuesday night at Target Center and evening the series at one game apiece.
However, the subplots emerging this year add new twists to the history of these teams. One such area is officiating, a topic of heavy scrutiny since the WNBA's statement regarding an incorrect foul call at the end of the Western Conference Finals between Phoenix and Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS--Ever since the participants in the 2015 WNBA Finals became apparent early last week with the Indiana Fever's dispatch of the top-seeded New York Liberty in the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday, a recurring theme has arisen: Would this year's WNBA championship feature a reprise of, or revenge for, the 2012 Finals in which the underdog Fever upset the Minnesota Lynx, the overwhelming favorites, en route to the first (and still the only) WNBA championship in franchise history.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – There were a sellout crowd, a 40-point performance, and multiple questionable calls, including an outcome-decisive foul call in the final seconds of Game Two of the WNBA Western Conference Finals in Phoenix on Sunday. But by the time the final buzzer sounded, the Minnesota Lynx were the ones dancing at center court, celebrating a 72-71 win to cap off a sweep of the Phoenix Mercury and their fourth trip to the WNBA Finals in the past five years.
Search parties on the lookout for Rebekkah Brunson were called back Thursday night at Target Center.
The Minnesota Lynx forward had 13 points and a career playoff best 19 rebounds to highlight a 67-60 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Mercury.
Brunson's role had diminished since the arrival of Sylvia Fowles midway through the season, but Brunson's value was never more clear against the defending WNBA champions; since Fowles was primarily assigned to Phoenix center Brittney Griner, Brunson was free to attack virtually everywhere else.
SEATTLE -- Twenty-seven players made their WNBA debuts in 2015. As the regular season wrapped up, however, the debate in most circles over the ones that have done the most for their new teams had dwindled to two: Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd, and New York Liberty forward Kiah Stokes.