The Minnesota Lynx won their third WNBA title - and first on their home floor - with a win over the Indiana Fever in a best of five series that went the distance, until the second quarter of the last game. We will break the series down by game.
Game One - Indiana defeats Minnesota 75-69
Indiana drew first blood with a rare win in Minneapolis. After a low scoring first quarter, the Indiana Fever took control of the game and held on to win behind great performances from Briann January with 19 points and Marissa Coleman with 16. The Fever made all 16 of their free throws in the game. The Lynx were led by Sylvia Fowles who finished with a double-double, 21 points and 11 rebounds. Maya Moore had 27 points.
Game Two - Minnesota defeats Indiana 77-71
Minnesota evened the series up with the home court split. Down by two at halftime, the Lynx held off a relentless Fever team and sealed the game with some late free throws. Sylvia Fowles continued her stellar play with 21 points and nine rebounds, and Maya Moore contributed 19 points and eight rebounds. Continuing her great playoff run, Briann January led the Fever with 16 points and five assists.
Game Three - Minnesota defeats Indiana 80-77
Minnesota took back home court and a two game to one lead with a last second win on a Maya Moore three at the buzzer. The Fever had the halftime lead and kept the lead until late in the fourth quarter where the Lynx completed the comeback. Along with her game winner, Maya Moore led the way with 24 points. Sylvia Fowles had her second double-double of the series with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Fever was paced by Shenise Johnson with 17 and Briann January contributed 15.
Game Four - Indiana defeated Minnesota 75-69
Indiana evened up the series with a win they controlled from the second quarter on. With Sylvia Fowles held to 17 minutes due to foul trouble, the Fever had their way inside. Indiana opened up a large lead and held on for the win. The Fever was led by Shenise Johnson with 15, and Marissa Coleman added 14 in a balanced attack. The Lynx had another 20-point game from Maya Moore. Lindsay Whalen had her best game of the series with 16 points in 25 minutes.
Game Five - Minnesota defeated Indiana 69-52
Minnesota took advantage of 19 Indiana turnovers and dominated this game from beginning to end. The Lynx made all of the hustle plays, got to the offensive glass and took care of the ball despite not shooting well in the first half and only getting five points from Maya Moore. Sylvia Fowles had her third double-double of the series with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and the series MVP Trophy. Seimone Augustus had her best game with 16, and Rebekkah Brunson came up big with 10 points and 14 rebounds. For the Fever, Tamika Catchings had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
This is the third championship in five years for the Minnesota Lynx. Congratulation to the Lynx on the 2015 WNBA Championship, and to the Indiana Fever who exceeded expectations by getting to the Finals and putting on an excellent show.