Minnesota edges SA to take 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals 17 Sep 11

Lynx 66, Silver Stars 65

- With the win, Minnesota leads San Antonio 1-0 in the series.
- With the loss, San Antonio trails the Minnesota 0-1.

High Points
Minnesota:
Lindsay Whalen, 20 
San Antonio:
A dams/Hammon, 16

High Rebounds
Minnesota:
Rebekkah Brunson, 14
San Antonio:
Sophia Young, 9

High Assists
Minnesota:
R Lindsay Whalen, 5
San Antonio:
Young, 6

- With tonight’s win, Minnesota leads San Antonio 1-0 in the Western Conference Semifinals. Tonight is Minnesota’s second playoff win in franchise history (Aug. 28, 2003 vs Los Angeles at Target Center). Including postseason play, the Lynx have now defeated the Silver Stars in seven consecutive games. The Lynx were 3-2 in games decided by less than six points during the regular season. Tonight was Minnesota’s third victory against San Antonio this season decided by less than two points.

- Tonight’s crowd of 11,891 was the largest crowd of the season for the Lynx after finishing off the regular season with six consecutive crowds over 8,000. This season was Minnesota’s sixth consecutive season with an improved attendance and largest average attendance since their inaugural season. In their previous two home playoff games, Minnesota drew crowds of 4,227 (2004) and 3,622 (2003). Included in tonight’s attendance was State Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota native and Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen and Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

- After becoming the first player in WNBA history to post 20+ points, 10+ assists and commit zero turnovers during her last game at Target Center, Lindsay Whalen was on top of her game again this evening. Whalen scored 20 points, dished out five assists and grabbed five rebounds as well as converting on all of her six free-throw attempts. Whalen posted six games with 20+ points during the regular season, as well as two games with 15+ points, 5+ assists and 5+ rebounds during the regular season, including the regular season home finale against Chicago.

- All season long, the Lynx have played their strongest basketball during the third quarter, outscoring their opponents by an average of 4.6 points, their best margin in a quarter all season. Tonight was no different for the Lynx, who outscored San Antonio by five during the third frame en route to their one-point victory.

- In the first playoff game of her career, Seimone Augustus was on fire, scoring 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting, including scoring eight points during the pivotal third quarter. Augustus posted 30 games with 10+ points during the regular season.

- After averaging 5.2 rebounds per game during the regular season in September, Rebekkah Brunson grabbed 14 rebounds tonight, her most since grabbing 14 against San Antonio on August 28. Brunson finished the game with 4 points and 14 rebounds.

- Minnesota also outscored San Antonio 12-2 in second chance points after outscoring them 51-19 on second chance opportunities during the regular season.