WNBA Conference Semifinals Wrap-Up

The first round of the WNBA playoffs wrapped up Tuesday with the Chicago Sky’s comeback win over the Atlanta Dream. Chicago was down by 17 points with 8:12 remaining, but Elena Delle Donne scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner with 8.4 seconds left, to beat the Dream 81-80. Delle Donne also scored a career-high 34 points in the winner-take-all game.

 

The Chicago-Atlanta series was the only one to go to a Game 3. The three other series all wrapped up with sweeps in two games.

 

In the other Eastern Conference semifinal, the Indiana Fever beat the Washington Mystics by scores of 78-73 and 81-76. Tamika Catchings led the Fever, averaging 24 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Ivory Latta helped the Mystics with 17 points and 4.5 assists per game. Indiana will meet Chicago in the Eastern Conference Finals starting Saturday in Indianapolis at 7 p.m. EST.

 

In the West, the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Los Angeles Sparks by scores of 75-72 and 93-68. Both Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker averaged 21.5 points per game for their perspective teams, while Taurasi contributed five assists per game for the Mercury and Parker with six rebounds per game for the Sparks. The second game also featured a 21-point performance and a two-handed breakaway dunk from Brittney Griner, who only scored six points in the first game.

 

The Mercury will go on to face the Minnesota Lynx, who beat the San Antonio Stars 88-84 and 94-89. MVP Maya Moore led the Lynx, averaging 21 points, 8.5 assists and seven rebounds per game. Lindsay Whalen also scored a career playoff-high 31 points in the second game. Rookie Kayla McBride led the Stars by averaging 22.5 points per game. Becky Hammon, who will be an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs next season, averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 assists per game in her last playoff appearance as a WNBA player.

 

The Western Conference Finals between the Lynx and the Mercury will start Friday in Phoenix at 10 p.m. EST.

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