8:30 PM ET, October 2, 2011
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
MINNEAPOLIS -- More than 15,000 fans walked into Target Center on Sunday night, hoping that the Minnesota Lynx could give them a little relief from the sports abyss the Twin Cities sit in at the moment.They waved white pom-poms and hollered at the top of their lungs, and Rebekkah Brunson and Co. made sure they didn't go home disappointed.Brunson had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Seimone Augustus added 22 points to lead the Lynx to an 88-74 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 of the WNBA finals."It was amazing," Brunson said of the charged-up atmosphere. "The city's been excited about this team from the beginning of the season and everybody keeps jumping on and jumping on and we love it. We love the fact we can come in here and play in front of a crowd like this."
Voepel: Brunson, Lynx Take Early Edge
Using a smaller lineup didn't hurt the Dream in the East finals. But Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson capitalized on the mismatch Sunday, scoring a season-high 26 as the Lynx downed Atlanta in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, writes Mechelle Voepel. Story
• Voepel: Dream already looking ahead
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||28-75 (37.333)||35-76 (46.053)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-10 (.400)||2-10 (.200)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-16 (87.500)||16-18 (88.889)|
|Fast Break Points||15||23|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry scored 19 points in the 3rd quarter of Game 1 of the 2011 WNBA Finals on Sunday. That is a new WNBA record for points in a quarter in a playoff game. Betty Lennox and Matee Ajavon shared the old mark of 16 points in a quarter in a playoff game. The previous record for points in a quarter in a WNBA Finals game was 14, shared by Diana Taurasi, Lauren Jackson and Tammy Sutton-Brown.
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