Lynx control Game 1 of WNBA semifinals in Lindsay Whalen’s return

After an eight day layoff, and playing with Lindsay Whalen for the first time in weeks, the Minnesota Lynx didn’t miss a beat as they dominated the Washington Mystics 101-81 in Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals.

Seimone Augustus had a season-high 24 points and was on fire, showing off her 3-point range as well her mid-range game:

The Lynx also got 18 points and seven rebounds from Sylvia Fowles and 14 points and four assists from Maya Moore. Renee Montgomery had a big game off the bench, dropping 18 points and shooting 4-for-5 on 3-pointers.

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In Whalen’s first game back from injury, she scored just two points in 17 minutes. Whalen was playing at her college arena, Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota. The Lynx will play all home playoff games there. They played their regular season home games at the Xcel Energy Center due to renovations at the Target center, but had to move from Xcel due to the Minnesota Wild’s preseason schedule. Williams Arena does not have air conditioning, so the Lynx paid $1 million for temporary air conditioning.

The Mystics got 17 points and six rebounds from Elena Delle Donne and 15 points from Emma Meesseman. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had a nice game with 16 points. But the Mystics got just two points from Kristi Toliver after she poured in 32 points and hit nine 3-pointers against the New York Liberty during Sunday’s second-round match.

With the win, the Lynx take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 will be played Thursday at 8 p.m. EST in Minnesota.


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