A Look Back: 2011 WNBA Finals, Game 2






Kyle Ratke
Web Editorial Associate

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With Game 2 less than three hours away, we thought we'd revisit the 2011 WNBA Finals when the Minnesota Lynx also faced off against the Atlanta Dream. Fans might remember (we'd hope so at least...) that the Lynx won the title that season, sweeping the Dream.

So far, the Lynx are on pace to do that as they defeated the Dream 84-59 on Sunday night at the Target Center.

Fans can catch the game tonight on ESPN 2 or BOB 106.1 FM tonight at 7 p.m.

Without further delay, we'll bring you back to 2011 when the Lynx defeated the Dream at the Target Center.

Score: Minnesota 101, Atlanta 95

Top Performers:

MN: Seimone Augustus, 36 points, eight rebounds, 11-of-14 from the field

Jess Adair, 13 points, 9-of-11 from the free-throw line

Lindsay Whalen, 13 points, four assists

Taj McWilliams-Franklin, 10 points

ATL: Angel McCoughtry, 38 points

Lindsey Harding, 16 points, seven assists

Iziane Castro Marques, 14 points

Sancho Lyttle, 13 points, seven rebounds

What was the difference in the game?

Honestly, it was the performance from Augustus. Her 36 points and eight rebounds were obviously impressive, but shooting 11-of-14 from the field is simply unheard of from a shooting guard. In fact, the other four Lynx starters (Whalen, McWilliams-Franklin, Brunson and Moore) combined for just 41 points and shot a combined 12-of-36. Whalen, along with Monica Wright, did play sound defense, though, limiting Harding to just 7-of-20 from the field.

The Dream also hurt themselves, unable to capitalize on their free-throw attempts, shooting just 65.6 percent from the line.

From the expert: With veteran center Taj McWilliams-Franklin on the bench with a sprained right knee suffered late in the third quarter, WNBA Rookie of the Year Maya Moore sitting for most of the game in foul trouble and fellow All-Star Rebekkah Brunson having a quiet game, Augustus took over.

Hearing ``MVP'' chants as she swished her free throws down the stretch, the sixth-year forward - who has suffered through her share of losing and injuries - finished 11 for 14 from the floor and 13 for 16 at the line to help the Lynx fight back from a pair of 10-point holes in the second quarter.

``As they say, 'Mone was in the zone,'' Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said
." - Dave Campbell, Associated Press, October 4, 2011, 11:56 p.m.

They said it:

``If I had to give everything I had, then so be it." - Lynx shooting guard Seimone Augustus, who was named the MVP of the series after Game 3.

Lynxbasketball.com will be going back to 2011s Game 3 before Thursday's game.


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