Lynx move on to Western Conference Finals 23 Sep 13

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx, who finished off a two-game sweep of the Seattle Storm earlier tonight, will open up the Western Conference Finals at Target Center on Thursday, September 26 at 8 p.m. This season marks Minnesota’s third straight trip to the Conference Finals, previously reaching the WNBA Finals in each of the past two seasons. The Lynx will face the winner of Monday night’s decisive Game 3 between Los Angeles and Phoenix (9 p.m. CT on ESPN2).

The entire schedule for the best-of-three Western Conference Finals is as follows:
     Date                            Location                         Time (CT)    TV/Radio
Game 1    Thursday, Sept. 26   Minneapolis                    8 p.m.          ESPN2/KDUZ
Game 2    Sunday, Sept. 29      Los Angeles/Phoenix    4 p.m.          ESPN2/KDUZ
Game 3*   Tuesday, Oct. 1        Minneapolis                    TBD              ESPN2/KDUZ
* if necessary

Minnesota enters the Western Conference Finals attempting to become just the third team in WNBA history to reach the WNBA Finals in three consecutive seasons (Houston, 1997-2000; Detroit, 2006-08). In each of the past two seasons, the Lynx have swept their opponent in the Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles, 2012; Phoenix, 2011).

The Lynx (26-8) wrapped up the regular season with the league’s best record for the third consecutive season, becoming just the third team in league history to string together three consecutive 25+ win seasons (Houston, 1998-00; Los Angeles, 2000-02). By virtue of having the league’s best record, Minnesota secured homecourt advantage throughout their entire playoff run. Following Friday’s Game 1 win over Seattle, Minnesota improved to 11-2 (.846) at home in postseason history, the best home winning percentage in league postseason history.