Storm Sweep Lynx to Advance to W.N.B.A. Finals

BRADENTON, Fla. — Breanna Stewart scored a career-playoff-high 31 issues, tying Seattle’s franchise playoff file, Sue Hen had 16 issues and nine assists, and the Typhoon beat Minnesota, 92-71, on Sunday to comb the Lynx and advance to the W.N.B.A. finals.

Stewart added six rebounds, seven assists, 3 steals and two blocks. Mercedes Russell tied her season excessive with 10 issues for the second-seeded Typhoon.

Hen and Stewart blended to attain or lend a hand on 13 issues all over a 17-Zero run that gave Seattle a 24-Eight lead when Sami Whitcomb made a layup with 54.2 seconds left within the first quarter. Stewart made a brief jumper to push the Typhoon’s result in 18 issues with 1 minute five seconds left within the first 1/2, however Minnesota scored 16 of the following 21 issues, together with 6 by means of Crystal Dangerfield and two Three-pointers by means of Odyssey Sims, to make it 48-41 about 3 mins into the 3rd quarter.

Stewart spoke back with back-to-back layups and, after Jewell Loyd made every other layup, Stewart transformed a Three-point play after which hit a three in a 12-Zero run that made it 60-41 with about 4 mins later. Minnesota trailed by means of double figures the remainder of the best way.

The fourth-seeded Lynx, who got here in averaging a playoff-low 11.Zero turnovers in keeping with recreation, dedicated 19 on Sunday. They made 27 of 59 from Three-point vary within the first two video games of the sequence, however hit simply 7 of 22 (31.Eight %) on Sunday.

Napheesa Collier led Minnesota with 22 issues, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Damiris Dantas and Dangerfield — the 2020 W.N.B.A. rookie of the yr — scored 16 issues apiece, and Sims added 10 issues.

The Typhoon will play both top-seeded Las Vegas or No. 7 seed Connecticut within the finals, which start on Friday. Seattle misplaced each regular-season matchups with the Aces — together with an 86-84 loss within the regular-season finale — and received its two regular-season video games in opposition to the Solar by means of a median of 18 issues.

Angel McCoughtry scored 16 of her 29 issues within the 3rd quarter as Las Vegas took regulate and the Aces beat the Solar, 84-75, on Sunday in Recreation four in their best-of-five W.N.B.A. semifinal sequence.

McCoughtry completed with six assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. A’ja Wilson, the 2020 league Most worthy participant, had 18 issues, 13 rebounds and four assists for top-seeded Las Vegas, and Danielle Robinson additionally scored 18 issues.

Recreation five is Tuesday.

McCoughtry scored 14 of the primary 18 second-half issues for Las Vegas and assisted at the ultimate four because the Aces grew to become a 1-point halftime deficit right into a 55-46 lead halfway in the course of the 3rd quarter. Connecticut trailed by means of a minimum of nine issues the remainder of the best way.

Las Vegas used to be with out the reigning two-time W.N.B.A. 6th girl of the yr, Dearica Hamby, who will perhaps pass over the rest of the playoffs with a knee harm.

Jasmine Thomas made a career-high six Three-pointers on 11 makes an attempt and completed with 25 issues for the Solar. Alyssa Thomas added 15 issues and DeWanna Bonner had 10 issues and a season-high 15 rebounds.

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