NEW YORK, N.Y. – Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore highlights the 2014
All-WNBA First Team, the WNBA announced today. Moore was a unanimous First Team
selection by all 38 voters and finished as the leading vote-getter with 180
Moore, the 2014 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Samsung, set WNBA records
with 12 games of 30-plus points and four consecutive games of 30 or more points.
In addition, she posted a career-high 48 points versus the Atlanta Dream on July
PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The Phoenix Mercury survived what could be their toughest challenge in the playoffs, using a fourth quarter rally to defeat the Minnesota Lynx 96-78 in game three of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night.
Diana Taurasi soared after a rough shooting performance on Sunday, making 12 of 17 shots for 31 points, which included a half-court shot at the end of the third quarter that ignited both the team and the crowd. Brittney Griner hit 9 of 12 attempts for 22 points for Phoneix.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - The Minnesota Lynx extended their season for 48 hours with their second come-from-behind win in the post-season, beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in game two of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday.
Maya Moore lead the Lynx with 32 points, while Seimone Augustus had 23 and Lindsay Whalen added 17. It was a true team effort by the hosts.
"We had a rough start scoring, but the rest of the quarters we won, and that's what matters," Moore said.
Playoff games are supposed to contain memorable performances and the first game of the Western Conference Finals certainly did that, although not in the usual way. Phoenix 85-71 victory over defending champion Minnesota will be remembered for a performance that is very rarely seen, especially in big games. Minnesota’s all-everything, WNBA Most Valuable Player, Maya Moore had a bad game. For one of the very few times in memory, Moore did not step up and take over in a key game. She was smothered by the Phoenix defense and in foul trouble, but the most unusual im
Chemistry was a matter of concern with the Minnesota Lynx upon entering their fourth consecutive playoffs this week. In Game two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Stars Saturday night, Minnesota shook off a horrendous first quarter to put on a dazzling display of cohesion to sweep the series, with a 94-89 win.
"We don’t want to play any more games than necessary. We want to be efficient and put it all out there on the court," Minnesota forward Maya Moore said.
The Minnesota Lynx were ineffective at mitigating nerves over their ability to sustain leads in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Stars, but their ability to close with a victory did not falter.
Minnesota survived an 18-2 run from San Antonio in the fourth quarter to emerge with an 88-84 win at Target Center, and they can wrap up the series with a win on Saturday at San Antonio.
The Minnesota Lynx ended their 2014 campaign with a 25-9 record, becoming the first WNBA team to post 25 wins or better for four consecutive years. Reaching that threshold this year was a remarkable achievement, with Minnesota enduring several injuries that could have compromised their overall chemistry.
"For us to do it this season, with the amount of adversity that we've faced, I told them I'm very impressed and blessed to share it with them," said Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve.
On the morning of July 22, Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore engaged in the customary team ritual of ending a shoot-around with a half-court shot contest. Moore hit her warm-up, launching her first make from the right-hand side, and was the only player to successfully bank her true attempt from center court.