Lynx blitz Fever to win WNBA title

Lynx blitz Fever to win WNBA title

Minnesota Lynx players celebrate the team's WNBA championship. (Aaron Lavinsky | Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Minnesota Lynx players celebrate the team’s WNBA championship. (Aaron Lavinsky | Minneapolis Star Tribune)

The Indiana Fever got off to a fairly decent start in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, taking a 17-15 lead over the Minnesota Lynx after one quarter.

After that, it was all downhill for the Fever.

The Lynx held Indiana to just 35.7 percent shooting overall in a 69-52 victory to win the WNBA championship. The title is Minnesota’s third since 2011.

The Lynx defense limited the Fever to just 12 points in the second and third quarters, and helped force 21 turnovers.

Sylvia Fowles scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Minnesota. The 6-6 center was voted MVP of the Finals.

Fever coach Stephanie White was frustrated with her team's performance in Game 5. (Jim Mone | Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Fever coach Stephanie White was frustrated with her team’s performance in Game 5. (Jim Mone | Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“They outplayed us in every single way,” said Indiana coach Stephanie White. “They looked like a team that was on a mission and they played like it. They’ve been one of the premier teams in our league for a long time, and tonight you saw why.”

Tamika Catchings finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana, but shot just 5-of-16 from the floor. Briann January had 13 points (6-of-15 shooting) and 3 assists and Shenise Johnson added 10 points and 5 reboounds.

Seimone Augustus had 16 points for the Lynx, Rebekkah Brunson tallied 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. All-Star forward Maya Moore scored only 5 points (1-of-8 shooting), but contributed 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.

“It was so rewarding to watch my teammates step up and hit shots,” Moore said. “Seimone was unbelievable. She was vintage Seimone. Sylvia was just so clutch for us. And Brunson just playing her heart out, getting loose balls, running around.”

Four of the Lynx starters have played on all three championship teams — Moore, Augustus, Brunson and Lindsay Whalen (2 points, 4 assists).

After the ballyhoo in Target Center following the game, the Lynx players continued their celebration at Paisley Park, where they were treated to a private concert by Prince.

(Statistics via WNBA.com)

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