INDIANAPOLIS – Bankers Life Fieldhouse was buzzing Friday night, packed out with more than 16,000 fans. The majority of those fans were decked out in red Fever gear, but in a small section directly behind the Minnesota Lynx bench, there were splotches of blue.
A sizable contingent of Lynx faithful were on hand to witness what head coach Cheryl Reeve said was one of the best WNBA Finals games in league history.
Their presence, though they were outnumbered by thousands, didn’t go unnoticed by the Lynx players. Many players interacted with the fans prior to the game, waving to those who cheered and held signs for their favorite players.
After every Lynx basket, there were shrieking cheers from the fans behind the bench. Some carried signs, while others wore autographed Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen jerseys.
The section was the only area — aside from the Lynx bench — that erupted in cheers as Maya Moore drained a game-winning three-point shot to give the Lynx an 80-77 win and a 2-1 series lead.
“It was awesome,” said Lynx center Sylvia Fowles. “Those fans just made our day. We love our fans and we were just happy for the ones that could come out and support.”