Indiana Fever 52
Minnesota Lynx 69
For the third time in the last five years, the Minnesota Lynx are the WNBA Champions. They beat Indiana 69-52 in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals Wednesday night to win the series on their home floor.
It was the first time the Lynx have won a title at home.
1. Defense wins championships
The Lynx defense was outstanding through the first three quarters Wednesday night. Minnesota held the Fever to 29 points through the first three quarters, including a combined total of 12 points during the second and third quarter!
Indiana didn't handle the Lynx pressure in the first half. The Fever committed 19 turnovers on the night, 10 of them were directly on Lynx steals.
2. Stepping up on a quiet night for Maya
Sylvia Fowles had a big night to lead the Lynx. She finished with a double-double – 20 points and 11 rebounds. Fowles was named the Finals MVP for her efforts.
Seimone Augustus added 16 points on 8-of-17 shooting.
Maya Moore had a quiet night, finishing with just five points on 1-of-8 shooting.
3. Home court advantage
The Lynx set a record for the largest home crowd in team history, drawing more than 18,000 fans. The victory improves the Lynx to 21-3 in playoff games at Target Center.
Tweet of the night
Party time. It's the first time the Lynx have ever won a championship on their home floor at Target Center.