Jim Petersen grew up in St. Louis Park, and grew into a 6-foot-11-inch frame. Basketball was an obvious calling, and it still is because he loves this game — and the game seems to love him back.
The season-long rivalry between the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury comes down to one final game. The teams meet Tuesday night with the winner earning a berth in the WNBA Finals.
After playing her worst game of the season, Maya Moore recovered to keep the Minnesota Lynx season alive. The league’s MVP scored 13 of her 32 points in the fourth quarter as the Lynx avoided elimination by beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.
Lindsay Whalen scored 31 points, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Stars 94-89 on Saturday night to advance to the Western Conference finals and end the playing career of San Antonio’s Becky Hammon.
Last year, the Minnesota Lynx took the ultimate ride of champions down Nicollet Mall. To the victors go the spoils, but are the Lynx a better team this year?
Maya Moore had 19 points and 12 rebounds to help the defending champion Minnesota Lynx snap a three-game losing streak with an 80-63 win over the Tulsa Shock on Saturday night in the teams’ regular season finale. Seimone Augustus added 14 points to help Minnesota (25-9) become the first team in WNBA history to have at least 25 wins in four consecutive seasons. The Lynx trailed 61-59 early in the fourth quarter before going on a 19-0 run to put the game away.
Diana Taurasi made a 20-footer with 2.9 seconds left and Brittney Griner blocked a last-second layup attempt by Minnesota’s Lindsay Whalen to lift the Mercury over the Lynx 82-80 on Saturday, snapping the Lynx’ 11-game winning streak.
Seimone Augustus’ rebound basket as time expired lifted the Minnesota Lynx to their 10th consecutive victory, 66-64 over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday night.
Maya Moore rises to the occasion when the game is on the line. The WNBA’s leading scorer had 40 points, including 13 in the final five minutes, as Minnesota won its ninth straight game with an 84-75 victory over Tulsa on Saturday night.
Maya Moore scored 20 points to power the Minnesota Lynx past Phoenix 75-67 on Thursday night, snapping the Mercury’s franchise-record 16-game win streak.
Maya Moore had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Connecticut Sun 76-65 on Sunday. Rebekkah Brunson had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx (20-6) and Janel McCarville had 11 points and seven rebounds. Seimone Augustus also scored 13.
Seimone Augustus scored 17 points in her return from a knee injury and the Minnesota Lynx beat the San Antonio Stars 88-78 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory. After missing eight games and the All-Star Game because of bursitis in her left knee, Augustus received a loud ovation as she was introduced in the starting lineup. The cheers were even louder in the fourth quarter when she fueled a 12-0 run that put the game out of reach.
Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen of the Minnesota Lynx have been named reserves for the Western Conference in the WNBA All-Star Game.
Lindsay Whalen scored 22 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 91-84 victory over the San Antonio Stars on Thursday night. Maya Moore added 21 points and six rebounds for the Lynx, who have won four of their last five. Six Stars scored in double figures, led by rookie Kayla McBride with 17.
With her team missing one its big scorers, Janel McCarville took charge for the Minnesota Lynx. McCarville had a season-high 22 points and the short-handed Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 74-69 Sunday night. Maya Moore added 14 points for the Lynx (12-5), who have won three of four. Devereaux Peters had 12 points and Lindsay Whalen scored 10.
Lynx guard Seimone Augustus will miss Minnesota’s game Sunday against the Seattle Storm due to bursitis in her left knee. Augustus is the team’s second-leading scorer at 17.2 points per game and has been playing through pain for the past few weeks. The injury caused her to miss the June 18 game in Phoenix.
Maya Moore scored 11 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 83-77 victory over the Indiana Fever. Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen each scored 16 for the Lynx (11-4).
Maya Moore had 20 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Minnesota Lynx to a 75-65 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.
Seimone Augustus scored 26 points, Maya Moore and Damiris Dantas both had double-doubles, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 85-72 on Sunday. Lindsay Whalen added 19 points and Janel McCarville scored 11 to give the Lynx (8-1) five players in double figures. Dantas had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Moore had 12 points and 13 rebounds as Minnesota never trailed.
The Seattle Storm finally found a way to finish a game — and in the process, finished off Minnesota’s season-opening win streak. Tanisha Wright scored 13 points, including a pair of free throws with 10.3 seconds left, and the Storm hung on to hand the Lynx their first loss of the season Friday night, 65-62.
Seimone Augustus had 25 points and the Minnesota Lynx remained unbeaten, holding off the San Antonio Stars 87-79 on Sunday. Maya Moore had 18 points, Tan White added 17 and Lindsay Whalen had 11 points and 10 rebounds to help Minnesota (7-0) sweep the home-and-home series with San Antonio (3-4).
A collision with a teammate sent Maya Moore to the bench, and even that didn’t slow her down in the end. Moore recovered from cracking heads with Seimone Augustus to score 30 points on a record-setting night and the Minnesota Lynx defeated the New York Liberty 87-82 Saturday.
Maya Moore scored 33 points, and Seimone Augustus tied it with 2.3 seconds left in regulation in the Minnesota Lynx’s 90-87 overtime victory over the Connecticut Sun on Sunday. Lindsay Whalen scored Minnesota’s last eight points to help the defending champion Lynx improve to 2-0. They opened the season Friday night with a victory in Washington.
Reigning finals MVP Maya Moore scored 34 points and had nine rebounds as the defending champion Minnesota Lynx opened the WNBA season with an 89-77 win over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.
WNBA general managers are predicting the Minnesota Lynx to repeat as champions and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker as the top choice to earn the MVP award for a second straight year.