Sparks and Lynx move within 1 win of WNBA Fi­nals show­down

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The Los An­ge­les Sparks and Min­nesota Lynx are one win away from meet­ing in the WNBA Fi­nals af­ter dou­ble-digit vic­to­ries in the first two games of their re­spec­tive semi­fi­nal se­ries.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion Lynx are seek­ing their fourth crown in six years, buoyed by a quar­tet that won Olympic gold with the U.S. na­tional team in Rio. The Sparks have a shot at their first ti­tle since 2002 be­hind league MVP Nneka Og­wu­mike and two-time MVP Can­dace Parker. In St. Paul, Min­nesota, Maya Moore scored 26 points, Lind­say Whalen had 12 of her 16 points in the fourth quar­ter and the Lynx beat the Phoenix Mer­cury 96-86 Fri­day night. Di­ana Taurasi had 31 points for the Mer­cury, who lost the se­ries opener by 15 points. In Los An­ge­les, Parker had 20 points, 12 re­bounds and eight as­sists in the Sparks’ 99-84 win over the Chicago Sky. Og­wu­mike added 18 points. Re­serve Clarissa Dos San­tos scored 15 points and Jamierra Faulkner added 14 off the bench for the Sky, who lost Game 1 by 20 points.

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