Expect both teams to be well rested when the WNBA Finals tip off next Sunday after the Minnesota Lynx joined the Atlanta Dream in sweeping their conference semifinal series, closing things out on the road with a 72-65 victory over the Phoenix Mercury at the U.S. Airways Center on Sunday. The win propelled the Lynx into the WNBA championships for the third-straight season.
Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles and Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi led the voting for 2013 All-WNBA First-Team, the WNBA announced today. Fowles was the leading vote-getter (167 points), followed by Taurasi (162), who earned a record-tying eighth First Team nod.
You can’t blame Minnesota fans for looking ahead to the conference finals, and it would be a stunner if the Lynx lost this series, but the Seattle Storm and Brian Agler will not go down easily, despite a huge talent disparity.
Seattle has been healthy all season, so the players know their roles and are in command of the very physical system, so even if the Storm lose in two, the Minnesota wins won’t come easily.
Seven more players will appear in their first-ever WNBA All-Star Game this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET, after the coaches' reserve selections were announced this evening.
Surprisingly, however, one of them will not be Twitter darling Skylar Diggins – the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, who not incidentally was one of the heavily promoted rookies heading into the season.
To say the Minnesota Lynx have been to the extremes the last few years isn't an understatement.
They went from not making the playoffs in 2010 -- coach Cheryl Reeve's first year -- to winning the WNBA Championship the following season. Last year they faltered midway through the schedule, but picked it up and finished strong before stumbling in the championship series to the Indiana Fever.
INDIANAPOLIS -- It's been a long time coming, this shiny silver trophy. They've gathered in the lobby of Bankers Life Fieldhouse to celebrate as rain has driven the festivities indoors, cancelling the planned parade. But the weather has done nothing to dampen the spirits of the fans who have taken time out in the middle of their workday or of the team whose ultimate success, so long in arriving, they have assembled here to salute.
The Indiana Fever are closer than they have ever been to winning a WNBA championship. After coming out of Game Two Wednesday looking totally exhausted and overpowered by the physicality of the Lynx, they took the floor before their home crowd Friday looking like a team on another level as they put the highest scoring team in the league in a defensive stranglehold, beating the Minnesota Lynx by 17 points.
Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles, 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player, headlines the 2012 All-WNBA First-Team, the league announced today. A three-time All-WNBA Team selection, Charles led all vote-getters with 196 points.
Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever (161) and last year's MVP and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks (176), the runner up in this season's MVP voting were also named to the team, both as forwards. Guards Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty (128) and Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx (95) round out the First-Team.
As most have predicted since before the season even began, the Minnesota Lynx are back in the WNBA Finals, bringing with them the best record in the league and poised to defend their 2011 title. If they succeed, they will be the first team to accomplish that feat since the Los Angeles Sparks took home back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002.
Once again, WNBA fans have a voice when it comes to the league’s MVP.
Granted, it’s not exactly a Kelly Clarkson-sized voice (41 other individuals will also fill out a ballot), but it’s a voice nonetheless. And on top of that, one lucky fan voter will get a free trip to one game in this fall’s WNBA Finals.