WNBA Watch: Moore, Lynx Clinch Playoff Berth

Minnesota Lynx players celebrate their upcoming trip to the WNBA Playoffs.

words // Brandon Richard

A season ago, the Minnesota Lynx won just 13 games and found themselves on the outside looking in when the WNBA’s playoffs tipped off in August. Their lack of success, and a little luck in the draft lottery, enabled them to add standout Connecticut forward Maya Moore with the number one overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft. This season with Moore, Minnesota became the first team in the entire league to lock up a playoff spot after a lopsided 87-68 win last weekend.

Now looking to wrap up the number one seed in the Western Conference and clinch homecourt throughout the playoffs, the Lynx continued to roll this past week. On Tuesday, they got a game-high 18 points from Taj McWilliams-Franklin to push past the lowly Tulsa Shock 78-72. The Lynx then pushed their win streak to four games when Seimone Augustus poured in 19 points to help Minnesota pull out an 85-75 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars. Those same teams will play again in San Antonio today.

Moore’s contribution as a rookie has been key in Minnesota’s success, but everything hasn’t fallen on her shoulders. In fact, she’s arguably the third or fourth best player on a well-balanced team this season. Augustus leads the Lynx in scoring with 16.3 points per game; guard Lindsay Whalen is putting up 14.2 points and 5.9 assists per outing; and forward Rebekkah Brunson has pulled down a team-high average of 9.3 rebounds.

Can the Lynx go from playoff outsiders to WNBA Champions? Keep an eye on the league as we enter the final two weeks of the season.

In the meantime, you can find out what basketball shoes a few members of the Lynx and players from several other teams wore throughout the week in today’s WNBA Sneaker Watch.

WNBA Watch: Moore, Lynx Clinch Playoff Berth

Tamera Young wearing Air Jordan XI Cool Grey; Marissa Coleman wearing Under Armour Micro G FunkTamera Young fights for position in the “Cool Grey” Air Jordan Retro 11; Marissa Coleman defends in the Under Armour Micro G Funk.

Ticha Penicheiro wearing Nike Air Max Soldier VTicha Penicheiro goes in for a layup wearing the Nike Air Max Soldier V.

Danielle McCray wearing the adidas adiZero Crazy LightDanielle McCray drives in the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.

Candice Dupree wearing Nike Zoom Kobe VICandice Dupree, wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI, takes instruction from Mercury Coach Corey Gaines.

Courtney Vandersloot wearing Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011Courtney Vandersloot shoots in the women’s Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011.

Seimone Augustus wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011; Danielle Robinson wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse

Seimone Augustus dribbles in a PE colorway of the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011; Danielle Robinson defends in the original Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.

Maya Moore wearing Jordan Fly WadeMaya Moore goes in for a layup wearing her Jordan Fly Wade Player Exclusive.

Swin Cash wearing Nike LeBron 8 PSSwin Cash goes up strong in the Nike Air Max LeBron 8 PS.

Plenette Pierson wearing adidas adiPure; DeWanna Bonner wearing Nike Hyperdunk 2010Plenette Pierson goes up strong in the adidas adiPure; DeWanna Bonner attempts to block in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

Tina Charles wearing Nike Air Max Destiny; Temeka Johnson wearing Nike Air Max Fly ByTina Charles posts in the Nike Air Max Destiny; Phoenix’s Temeka Johnson holds ground in the Nike Air Max Fly By.

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