words // Brandon Richard
After not winning a playoff game for 12 seasons and missing the postseason for the past 6, the Minnesota Lynx made the ultimate one-year leap by claiming their first WNBA Championship this past Friday. The league’s best team during the regular season, the Lynx continued their dominance in the Finals, completing a 3-0 sweep of the Atlanta Dream.
Minnesota once again used a well-balanced attack in Game 3 to seal the deal on ring number one. Seimone Augustus led the way with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Rebekkah Brunson added 13 points and 9 rebounds; Maya Moore scored 15 and pulled down 7 rebounds and Candice Wiggins contributed with 10 points herself. The Dream outscored Minnesota in three of the quarters played, but a defensively stifling 19-8 advantage in the third quarter proved to be the championship difference.
Seimone Augustus, who has spent her entire career with the Lynx, was named Finals MVP. She averaged 24.9 points per game in the finals with 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
Lindsay Whalen drives in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011.
Jessica Adair shoots in TS Heat Check adidas basketball shoes.
Sancho Lyttle shoots over Taj McWilliams-Franklin in the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011.
Clearly a die-hard Minnesota Lynx fan for the last 12 years, Lil’ Wayne soaks in some of the action wearing Vans Era.
Angel McCoughtry points out a play in the Nike Air Max Soldier V.
Rebekkah Brunson goes up strong in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low.
Maya Moore shoots a running jumper in the Jordan Fly Wade.
Seimone Augustus, seen here in a PE colorway of the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011, was named WNBA Finals MVP.
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