Minnesota Lynx Competing for WNBA History

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The Minnesota Lynx blasted out of the gates in 2016 for 13 straight wins–a WBNA record. Now, the Lynx are in the WNBA playoff semi-finals, fighting to make even more history.

Both the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury are in pursuit of the most finals appearances in the history of the WNBA (5). As a bonus, if either team wins the championship after advancing past the semi-finals, they will tie the Houston Comets for the most WNBA championships (4).

Leading the semi-final best of five series 1-0, the Minnesota Lynx have added incentive to win. They narrowly missed the all-time season wins mark set by the Mercury in 2014 (29) by one win. However, the players and head coach Cheryl Reeve would tell you that winning the team’s fourth title in six years is the only thing on their mind.

As Minnesota’s most successful sports franchise, the Lynx will be looking to repeat their success over the Phoenix Mercury in the 2015 WNBA when they swept them 2-0 (in a three-game series). While the task won’t be easy, the Lynx pounced on the Mercury in game one with a 113-95 victory.

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Forward Maya Moore, arguably the best player in the WNBA, went on a tear in game one, scoring 31 points. The Minnesota Lynx shot 64 percent as a whole.

By the fourth quarter, the rival Mercury sat star players Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Penny Taylor.

With a 5-0 home record over the Mercury in the playoffs, the Minnesota Lynx look poised to reach the finals for a record fifth time.

History is in the Minnesota Lynx’s favor if they meet the LA Sparks in the finals as they have won two of their last three. For their potential match up against the Chicago Sky, the same applies.

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If they move on to the WNBA Finals, the Lynx will have already made history. In their theoretical victory, they won’t just tie for the most WNBA championships. They will also establish themselves as the most dominant dynasty in the WNBA and all of Minnesota sports.