Minnesota Lynx take commanding series lead over Mystics

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Forward Maya Moore (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Forward Maya Moore (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Newly crowned WNBA MVP Sylvia Fowles leads Minnesota Lynx to victory in semi-final.

The Minnesota Lynx are a dynasty in the WNBA. They have won three of the past six championships. They can now claim to at least one expected Hall of Famer. Just prior to their 93 – 83 win over Washington, center Sylvia Fowles was named the league MVP for her elite play this season. But, throughout her career, Fowles has more accomplishments on her resume than one might know.

The  6-6 31-year-old previously won the Defensive Player of the Year in the league on three separate occasions. She also is a three time Olympic gold medalist. The strong and athletic Fowles had a tremendous season this year scoring an average of 18.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

She was dominant in the paint in game two. She scored 25 points, added 9 rebounds and dished out four assists. Other core members, Maya Moore potted 22 points and Seimone Augustus chipped in 15. Point guard Lindsay Whalen played inspired ball with great emotion. She scored nine points and collected 7 assists. She was an impressive plus 21 in just 20 minutes.

In the first two games of this series, the Lynx started slowly as they trailed early in both contests. Perhaps the 10-day layoff from the conclusion of the regular season was a factor. But, they found their mojo and intensity behind the home crowds, mostly in the second half of each game.

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Fans of the Lynx should revel in this team’s success as long as possible. The four core members’ average age is 32. Enjoy and respect the team and each of them while they play together in Minnesota.

The core of this team is legendary in women’s basketball. Besides Fowles, teammates Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and local star Lindsay Whalen are all likely headed to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Perhaps one or more will receive consideration for the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts someday.

The Minnesota Lynx are set to knockout the Washington Mystics in game three on Sunday, September 17th in the nation’s capital. Tip-off is at 3 pm. With a win, they will prepare for the winner of the L.A. Sparks and the Phoenix Mercury. The Sparks currently lead that semi-final 2-0.

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Readers, I would like to know your thoughts on the aspects of the Lynx and their players that you enjoy watching?