Lynx lose to Fever 75-69 in Game 1 of WNBA Finals


Maya Moore scored 27 points and Sylvia Fowles had 21, but it wasn't enough as the Minnesota Lynx lost their first game of the WNBA Finals 75-69 to the Indiana Fever Sunday afternoon at Target Center.

The Fever's tough defense stymied the Lynx, who turned over the ball 15 times, according to the Star Tribune. They were also inconsistent at the four line, making only 15 of 23 free throws compared to Indiana, which was perfect at 16-for-16.

The Fever were led by Briann January, who had 19 points, Marissa Coleman with 16 and Tamika Catchings with 12.

The game was close throughout much of the game, and Indiana took a 35-29 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Lynx took a one-point lead, 62-61, with 4:28 to play, but couldn't maintain the edge, the Associated Press reports.

Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen had quiet games - with Augustus scoring nine points and Whalen only attempted three shots, according to the Associated Press.

The series is a rematch of the 2012 WNBA Finals, when Indiana also won Game 1 of that series at Target Center and ultimately won the championship that year.

The Lynx are playing in their fourth finals in the last five years; they've won two championships. They hope to regain home court advantage in Game 2 of the best-of-five series, which is Tuesday night at Target Center.

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