Sky Fall in Finale

The WNBA’s top two teams faced off in Minnesota on Saturday night in a battle for the overall top playoff seed and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. In the second game of a back to back, the Sky appeared tired as they fell to the Lynx 79-66 in the regular season finale.

This game featured a number of the league’s top players this season in front of a sellout crowd of 9,600 at the Target Center. Minnesota’s leading scorer Maya Moore led the charge at the start scoring 13 first quarter points to help Minnesota take a 22-19 lead after the first.

The Lynx started the second quarter on a 13-3 run to give them a 13-point lead over the Sky. The Sky found their offense after Epiphanny Prince hit a three pointer but struggled to stop the Lynx, led by Lindsay Whalen’s 18 first half points. The Sky were down 15 with two minutes to go in the half, but four straight points brought them to within 11 heading into the locker room.

The Sky scored the first four points of the second half to get within seven, but a 10-4 run helped the Lynx extend their lead to 13. The Sky cut it back down again, to eight points, but two consecutive three pointers by Moore and Whalen to end the quarter put the Lynx up 67-53.

Both teams went cold in the fourth quarter. Following two free throws by Swin Cash with 8:49 left, neither team scored for three and half minutes until Courtney Vandersloot hit a driving layup to bring the Sky within ten. Despite holding the Lynx to 12 fourth quarter points, the Sky were unable to pick up their offense, ending their hopes of another comeback.

Sylvia Fowles recorded her 17th double-double of the season finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Elena Delle Donne offered with 14 points and three blocked shots.

Whalen led the Lynx with 23 points, six assists and six rebounds while Maya Moore added a double-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

The Sky tied their season low, committing only five turnovers but struggled defensively being outrebounded 44-26.

Chicago finishes with regular season with a 24-10 record, the second best in the WNBA.