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WNBA: Lynx win WNBA Finals over Sparks

The Minnesota Lynx are the champions of the WNBA for the fourth time.

The Lynx earned another title Wednesday after defeating the Los Angeles Sparks 85-76 in Game 5.

Maya Moore led the Lynx with 18 points. All five starters had more than 10 points scored.

“We said, ‘You can’t retreat against pressure, you have to attack the pressure,'” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said. “And that’s what Maya did. Maya made a hard shot. I heard Lindsay say, ‘That’s Maya Moore. She makes plays.’ ”

As for the Sparks, all but one starter had more than 10 points. Candace Parker led the team with 19 points.

“I think every time you do this, it gets a little more special because it gets a little harder,” Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen said. “And more meaningful because you know it’s not easy. It’s not something we try to take for granted ever.”

“Great basketball,” Lynx guard Seimone Augustus said. “We always talk about what we want to do for the league. And the only thing we can do is put out a great product. People were very excited about last year, and especially the way that it ended. And then the rematch this year.”

Even with the dominant win by the Lynx, the Sparks put up a fight, something that Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike praised from her teammates.

“It seems like we have two organizations who are doing their own thing, and it’s being celebrated on both ends,” Ogwumike said. “I think there’s a lot of great basketball ahead for both teams.”

However, the night belonged to the Lynx.

“It’s hard to compare because times change and the talent gets better,” Moore said. “But I don’t know if you’re going to get a more deep, committed, selfless group than we have here.”


Photo of Maya Moore courtesy of Jim Mone/Associated Press.

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Rachael McKriger
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