Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Seimone Augustus scored 20 points to help the Minnesota Lynx defeat the Atlanta Dream 88-63 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the WNBA Finals.
The blowout followed Minnesota’s 84-59 victory on Sunday in Game 1 of the best-of-five series. The Lynx can clinch their second title in three years Thursday in Atlanta.
Collins Hill’s Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen each scored 14 points and Rebekkah Brunson added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota.
Angel McCoughtry, the leading scorer in the league during the regular season, scored 15 points on 5-for-18 shooting for Atlanta. She made just 6 of 24 shots in the first game.
Atlanta hung tough early before Minnesota’s balance took over. The Lynx led 27-16 at the end of the first quarter.
McCoughtry didn’t make her first field goal until 5:18 remained in the second quarter.
Atlanta trimmed its deficit to eight on a 3-pointer by Alex Bentley, but Minnesota closed the half on a 13-6 spurt. Janel McCarville scored in the final second of the half on an assist from Lindsay Whalen as the Lynx led 51-36 at halftime.
McCoughtry committed her fourth foul with 7:39 left in the third quarter, but she remained on the floor.
The Dream hung tough and cut their deficit to 10 on a bucket by Tiffany Hayes. Atlanta could have cut it to single digits, but McCoughtry missed a pull-up jumper, and the Lynx regained control with a quick 5-0 run. Minnesota increased its lead to 68-52 by the end of the third quarter.
The Lynx emptied their bench with 3:01 left in the fourth quarter while holding an 82-58 lead.
NOTES: Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve had her famous jacket-throwing tantrum during Game 2 of last year’s finals against Indiana. She was issued a technical foul and fined. The Lynx won that game but lost the next two and the series. … Atlanta fell to 0-8 in WNBA finals games. … Minnesota shot 49.4 percent from the field in Game 1 and increased its percentage to 56.9 in Game 2. Atlanta, which shot 31 percent in Game 1, shot 35.8 percent in Game 2.