Women’s NBA Playoffs

This years’ playoffs have been intense. Friends against friends, rivals against rivals, and most of all, former champions against their biggest challenges.

In the WomenWNBA, the 8 best teams advance to the playoffs, so Minnesota Lynx 1, Los Angeles Sparks 2, New York Liberty 3, Connecticut Sun 4, Phoenix Mercury 5, Washington Mystics 6, Dallas Wings 7, and Seattle Storm 8 advanced to the Playoffs. Phoenix faced Seattle and with a 79-69 victory, Phoenix won and would face Connecticut. Washington would face Dallas and with a 86-76 victory, Washington won and would face New York, according to wnba.com

Washington shattered New York’s title dreams with a 82-68 victory which advanced Washington to face Minnesota. Phoenix had a little trouble in the Quarterfinals against Connecticut. Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury put up 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists of a 88-83 victory to advance Phoenix to Semifinals against Los Angeles, according to wnba.com

In the semifinals, it is a best of five series meaning first person to three wins advances to the WNBA Finals.

Minnesota Lynx against Washington Mystics. The main player matchup would be Maya Moore from Minnesota against Elena Delle Donne. Minnesota won the series 3-0 with game three ending 81-70. Los Angeles Sparks against Phoenix Mercury. The main player matchup would be Candace Parker from Los Angeles against Brittney Griner from Phoenix. Los Angeles won the series 3-0 with game three ending 89-87, according to wnba.com

The WNBA finals were set. The defending champions, Los Angeles Sparks, were facing the 2015 WNBA champions, Minnesota Lynx. The main player matchup would be Maya Moore against Candace Parker. Moore’s season averages are 18.4 points, 1.7 steals, 3.4 assists, and 6.0 rebounds. Parker’s season averages are 17.4 points, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals, 3.8 assists, and 8.8 rebounds, according to basketballreference.com

In game one Los Angeles took game one 85-84. Minnesota bounced back and took game two 70-68. Los Angeles won by 11 points in a 75-64 win. Once again, Minnesota bounced back by destroying Los Angeles, with a finished score of 80-69. Game five series tied 2-2. Both teams were on a quest to gain their fourth championship. At halftime, Minnesota was leading 41-35. At the end of the game Minnesota was victories. Four titles in a span of eight years. Sylvia Fowles reigning MVP won Finals MVP buy beating her finals record of most rebounds in a Finals series.