Everything is on the line Wednesday night in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals as the Minnesota Lynx will host the Indiana Fever at Target Center.
The two teams have split the games on each home floor and now everything comes down to one game. A Lynx victory would give Minnesota their third WNBA championship over the last five years.
Lynx forward Maya Moore called it the toughest series she has ever played in.
"Nothing is guaranteed," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve told the Pioneer Press. "We've kind of made the climb. We know that we're not still on the rise; we know that we're on the top, this is going through all this together each year, going to the Finals. So I think there's a heightened awareness that we have a really nice opportunity in front of us."
That opportunity is still something the Lynx have never accomplished. Despite playing in their fourth WNBA Final in the last five years, the Lynx have never won a title on their home court – both of their two previous championships have been won on the road.
"We've never experienced winning on our home floor and enjoying this moment with our fans, with this city, with this town," Augustus told reporters. "[Fans] know the excitement and everything that's surrounding this Game 5. We're going to have an impact on this city, future WNBA players, parents and everyone else that's going to be in here."
Food on the line as Indy, Minneapolis mayors bet
And what would the championship game be without a little wager?
The cities of Minneapolis and Indianapolis made the friendly bet on the outcome of Wednesday's championship game.
If the Fever win, Minneapolis will send Honeycrisp Apples and a trio of Hell's Kitchen's legendary peanut butter to Indianapolis.
But if the Lynx win, Indianapolis will send some St. Elmo's New Bottled Steak Seasoning, St. Elmo's Shrimp Cocktail Sauce and Sugar Cream Pie to Minneapolis.
The Lynx and Fever tip off in Game 5 at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.