On Wednesday the Indiana Fever began Game 2 of the WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx still hitting on all cylinders and led most of the first half. The Fever’s leading scorer Tamika Catchings finished the first half with 15 points, and it looked like the Fever were on the verge of returning to Indiana 2-0.
The momentum changed in the third quarter on a no-call after Fever guard Briann January fouled Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen as she drove to the basket. Whalen and Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, visibly upset over the ref’s missed call, were both given technical fouls that ignited the Lynx team and fans. But that just seemed to encourage the Lynx to play harder. Minnesota went on a run and played with new energy and confidence and took the lead at the end of the third 60-55.
The Lynx led by Seimone Augustus cooled down the Fever enough to even the best-of-five series in Minnesota. She was as smooth as ever scoring at will and making it look easy.
Augustus single-handedly stole the momentum and the lead from the Fever. She used everything in her arsenal last night from the crossover move into a jump shot, to the floater through the lane, to the half baby hook and the silky smooth shot behind the arc to finish the game with 27 points (23 in the second half).
Things just went downhill for the Fever as they lost Jeanette Pohlen to a left knee injury in the second quarter and were without Katie Douglas who was at home because of a sprained ankle from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Fever coach Lin Dunn said they ran out of gas to make a fourth quarter comeback as they weren’t able to substitute effectively. The Fever were unable to overcome the Lynx in the end, and the Fever lost 83-71.
So with two very confident teams returning to Indiana, Game 3 of the WNBA Finals will be must-see TV. Tune in to ESPN at 8pm ET on Friday for great WNBA action. After all, Coach Dunn called Game 2 the most physical game she’s seen in 42 years!
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