Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Maya Moore and Taj McWilliams-Franklin each
scored 21 points as the Minnesota Lynx claimed their first Western Conference
title in franchise history with a 103-86 victory over the Phoenix Mercury.
Each of the Lynx's starters recorded scores in double digits as Lindsay
Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson added 18, 16 and 12 points,
DeWanna Bonner and Diana Taurasi each posted a game-high 22 points. Bonner
also pulled down 10 rebounds and Candice Dupree added another double-double
with 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.
It was a close game through the first two quarters as Minnesota led by four
after the first quarter and Phoenix held a two-point advantage at the half.
But the Lynx outscored the Mercury, 60-41, over the final two quarters to
punch their ticket to the WNBA finals.
Minnesota awaits the winner of the Atlanta Dream/Indiana Fever Eastern
Conference finals, which the Dream knotted at one game apiece with a win on
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