Lynx capture 4th WNBA title in 7 years

Scoop Podcast Ep. 101 Glen Taylor on Lynx Sparks Game 5 Wiggins Extension etc

Scoop Podcast Ep. 101 Glen Taylor on Lynx Sparks Game 5 Wiggins Extension etc

Minnesota won a record-tying fourth WNBA title, while Rebekkah Brunson earned her fifth, the most in WNBA history. Lindsay Whalen also scored 17 points with eight of her points coming on an 8-for-8 charity stripe performance.

"I'll take time to think about it; it's not something I've really thought about", Beard said of the 2018 season. "But we keep coming back, and that's just a testament to our organization, to our coach, and to everybody on this team is that we keep fighting, we keep coming back".

Augustus didn't turn in her best shooting performance in Game 4, but her contributions were impactful.

That she did. Her 20 rebounds were a single game Finals record.

"If I didn't do anything else, I just wanted to make it my business to make sure I just go out there and rebound, and that was my downfall previous year", said Sylvia Fowles.

Eleven years later and three more titles on her résumé, Brunson entered 2017's Game 5 with no doubt about what she wanted to accomplish for not only herself, but for the Lynx franchise as a whole. "I wanted to come in and show my presence, and that was rebounding".

Brunson is now the winningest player in WNBA history with five championships to her name. Moore signed a multi-year deal in 2015.

Primarily the home for University of Minnesota basketball, Williams Arena was called upon to fill a void for the Lynx during the WNBA playoffs.

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"It's a microcosm of society and where we place women's sports", Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve told me in 2016. "Everyone wants to talk about who scores, but it's those plays in those moments that win a game for you". Fowles grabbed a season-high 20 rebounds, Moore had 10 boards, and Whalen contributed eight assists. She finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. She made the Sparks pay for leaving her open.

Yet even before Kaepernick garnered mass attention during the 2016 National Football League season, women's basketball has been at the forefront of social protest in the US.

"I'm blessed I feel to just be around these guys every day", Reeve said, beginning to cry. "It gets a little more meaningful because you know it's not easy, and it's not something we take for granted, ever".

"We came in at the beginning of the season and were like look, we lost off rebounds so that was at the top of mindset going into Game 5". "We did everything we could, we needed everyone to rebound and everyone to leave everything that they had out there".

They suffered a costly loss with Nneka Ogwumike fouling out with five and a half minutes to play and L.A. down by seven points, followed by a shot clock turnover that set the Lynx up to go ahead by 12 points with less than three minutes left. "People are just admiring our game at this point and everyone is tuning in to see what's happening".

Chelsea Gray and Odyssey Sims combined for 29 points, but didn't have the same impact on defense they did earlier in the series. It gave the Los Angeles Sparks the lead in the series-deciding Game 5.

The best-of-five series had seesawed back and forth, with the Sparks winning Game 1 on the road in Minneapolis before the Lynx evened it up and then the teams trading wins in Los Angeles in Games 3 and 4.

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