Moore, Lynx Advance to Conference Finals
Former Husker Lindsey Moore and the Minnesota Lynx completed a quick two-game sweep of the Seattle Storm in the opening round of the WNBA Western Conference Playoffs over the weekend.
The Lynx tipped the series at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Friday, Sept. 20, with a 80-64 win over the Storm. Moore, a WNBA rookie, saw 11 minutes of action and dished out two assists for the Lynx.
Minnesota completed the sweep and a perfect 6-0 record against the Storm on the season with a 58-55 victory at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday afternoon. Moore dished out an assist and snagged a steal in just over five minutes of action off the bench.
The Lynx, who earned the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference after rolling to a 26-8 regular-season record, will face the winner of the the three-game series between the LA Sparks and the Phoenix Mercury. That series is tied at one game apiece, with the decisive third game set for tonight at 9 (CT). The battle between the Sparks and Mercury will be televised live nationally by ESPN2.
A similar scenario is in place in the Eastern Conference, where defending WNBA champion Indiana swept to a opening-round victory over the Chicago Sky. The Fever will face the winner of tonight's early game between Washington and Atlanta, which will air live nationally at 7 p.m. (CT) on NBA TV.
Last season, Indiana edged Minnesota for the WNBA title.
The best-of-three-game conference finals are set to begin Thursday, Sept. 26. The WNBA Finals are scheduled to begin Oct. 6 and will include a best-of-five format.
An honorable-mention All-America point guard that helped lead the Huskers to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16, Moore played in 23 regular-season games for the Lynx in a backup role to Minnesota All-Star and Olympian Lindsey Whalen. Moore, a 5-9 native of Covington, Wash., averaged 1.0 point and 1.0 assist in 5.7 minutes per game on the year.
However, as the Lynx began to gear up for the playoffs, Moore earned more playing time. In the final three regular-season games, Moore averaged 14.7 minutes per contest, averaging 2.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists. She played more than 14 minutes in Minnesota's last meeting with the Storm on Sept. 10, dishing out three assists in a 73-60 victory at KeyArena in Seattle.
Following the conclusion of the Lynx playoff run, Moore will continue her first professional season overseas. She has signed a European contract with La Spezia in Italy.