This was a significant game for everybody. And, I watched this game, it was a fun game. It was a close game throughout too. Things started to really heat up in the last minute.
Seimone Augustus hit a 15-foot jumper with 21.1 seconds left and the Minnesota Lynx held off the Seattle Storm for a 58-55 victory on Sunday and a sweep of the best-of-three Western Conference semifinals. Tina Thompson made a driving layup to put the Storm up 55-54 with 1:20 remaining, but Augustus, who had 10 points, responded with her jumper from the right side. Brunson hit two free throws with 11.6 seconds left for the final margin.
Seattle still had a chance to tie it. They had those 11.6 seconds to do it but the Lynx defense denied a good three pointer look. It seemed like the Storm was trying to get the ball to Thompson but failed. They eventually went for a layup that missed with a couple of seconds to go. Time expired before they could get another shot up.
Tina Thompson retires after 17 years, which is how long the WNBA has been around. She was the first pick in the first draft and is the final member of the original WNBA league of players to retire. It was a very cool moment when the Lynx wanted so eagerly to have their picture taken with Thompson after the game. A great level of respect there for a WNBA “mother” if you will.
But, give credit to the Lynx who have been in the WNBA finals for two seasons in a row. They won in 2011 and lost to the Fever in 2012. They were favored to win the series. Yahoo! with the scoop.