8:00 PM ET, October 7, 2011
ATLANTA -- Seimone Augustus and the Minnesota Lynx turned up the defensive pressure on Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream.The result was the final entry in a near-perfect postseason as the Lynx beat the Dream 73-67 on Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA championship series.Augustus had 16 points and Maya Moore, returning to her Atlanta home, had 15 -- including a key 3-pointer late in the game -- to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Lynx won their first WNBA title.McCoughtry had a game-high 22 points, including nine in the fourth quarter. McCoughtry made only 9 of 25 shots as the Dream were held to 34.6 percent shooting from the field.
Voepel: Long time coming
After years of mediocrity, Minnesota -- a team that failed to reach the playoffs for six straight years -- is the WNBA champion. And players such as Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Candice Wiggins have a title, Mechelle Voepel writes. Story
Former NBA star Julius Erving, who lives in Atlanta, had a front-row seat. Rapper Lil Wayne was also in the crowd. ... The attendance was 11,543, including 1,500 tickets purchased by the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks and distributed by the Dream on Thursday. ... Minnesota was called for 10 fouls in the first half while Atlanta drew only two.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-61 (42.623)||27-78 (34.615)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-12 (.417)||2-8 (.250)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-24 (66.667)||11-16 (68.750)|
|Fast Break Points||10||12|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
For the 2nd straight year, the Atlanta Dream were swept in the WNBA Finals. They are now 0-6 in Finals games, tying them with Phoenix and Detroit/Tulsa for the 2nd-most Finals games lost in WNBA history (New York has lost the most WNBA Finals games all-time - 7). The Dream, who led at halftime of all three games in this series, are also the 1st team to lose in each of their 1st two WNBA Finals appearances since the Connecticut Sun lost in their 1st two Finals trips in 2004 (to Seattle) and 2005 (to Sacramento).
The Minnesota Lynx won the 1st-ever WNBA title in the 447th combined game (regular season and playoffs) in franchise history. Before Friday, they had played the 4th-most games in league history of any team that had not won a title. The 3 teams with the most combined games played without winning a WNBA Championships are the New York Liberty (545 combined games), San Antonio Silver Stars (521, includes their history as the Utah Starzz from 1997-2002) and the Connecticut Sun, includes their history as the Orlando Miracle from 1999-2002).
By sweeping the Atlanta Dream in the 2011 WNBA Finals, the Minnesota Lynx become the 1st team to win the league title in their 1st Finals appearance since 2005, when the Sacramento Monarchs won the WNBA title over the Connecticut Sun. Prior to Minnesota's victory, 1st-time Finalists had lost in each of the past 3 WNBA Finals (San Antonio [to Detroit] in 2008, Indiana [to Phoenix] in 2009 and Atlanta [to Seattle] in 2010).[+]
Last 5 Appearances By 1st-Time Finalists In WNBA Finals
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