The Associated Press
Sep. 11, 2013
SEATTLE (AP) — Maya Moore scored 20 points and Lindsay Whalen added 19 to help the Minnesota Lynx clinch their third consecutive Western Conference title with a 73-60 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night.
Monica Wright added 14 points for Minnesota (25-7), which won its seventh straight game.
The two teams will face each other again next week in the best-of-three first-round series since Seattle already had clinched the fourth and final seed.
Moore hit 7 of 10 shots from the field and Whalen 7 of 9. The Lynx pulled away from Seattle with a 23-14 run in the second quarter.
The Lynx beat Seattle in the first round last year. They won the WNBA title in 2011.
Tanisha Wright led Seattle (15-17) with 14 points. Tina Thompson had just five points and shot 2 of 8 from the field.
MYSTICS 69, FEVER 67
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kia Vaughn had 15 points and six rebounds to lead Washington over Indiana to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
Ivory Latta had 15 points and four assists and Tayler Hill added 12 points for the Mystics (15-17), who reached the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Briann January had 16 points and Shavonte Zellous added 14 points and six rebounds for the Fever (15-17), who could have clinched a No. 3 seed in the playoffs with a win.
MERCURY 80, LIBERTY 76
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Candice Dupree and DeWanna Bonner each scored 18 points to help Phoenix beat New York.
Diana Taurasi added 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Phoenix (18-13), which locked down the third playoff spot in the Western Conference when Seattle lost to Minnesota later Tuesday.
The Mercury will visit Chicago before closing the regular season against San Antonio and Los Angeles.
While Phoenix is already in the postseason, New York (11-21) was eliminated from the playoff chase.