Sunday, September 22, 2013
WNBA Playoffs Capsules
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tamika Catchings had 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Indiana Fever advanced to the WNBA's Eastern Conference finals by completing a best-of-three series sweep of the Chicago Sky with a 79-57 victory Sunday.
Erlana Larkins added 14 points and Shavonte Zellous scored 10. The Fever (18-18) will play at either Atlanta or Washington in Game 1 of the conference finals on Thursday.
The defending champion Fever were the only WNBA team to reach the playoffs with a losing record. But Indiana took advantage of Chicago's poor shooting to defeat the Sky for the fifth straight time.
The Sky (24-12) missed their first six shots from the field, but took an early 6-3 lead by hitting 6-of-6 free throws. But Catchings scored six straight points for the Fever to give Indiana a lead it would never relinquish.
Sylvia Fowles led the Sky with 14 points. Epiphanny Prince scored 10 points, and WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne added 10 points, but was scoreless in the second half.
LYNX 58, STORM 55
TACOMA, Washington -- Seimone Augustus hit a 15-foot jumper with 21.1 seconds left and Minnesota held off Seattle to sweep of the best-of-three Western Conference semifinals.
Maya Moore scored 22 points and Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which won the WNBA title in 2011 and lost to Indiana in last year's finals.
Minnesota opens the Western Conference finals this week against the winner of the Los Angeles-Phoenix series, which will be decided Monday night.
Tina Thompson had 13 points and nine rebounds for Seattle in the final game of her 17-year career. The 38-year-old is the WNBA's career scoring leader and won four league titles with Houston.