The Minnesota Lynx outscored the Los Angeles Sparks 32-16 in the second quarter on Thursday night as they won Game 1 by a final score of 94-77. The win puts the Lynx up 1-0 in the best of three western conference final, with Game 2 scheduled to be played Sunday in Los Angeles.
The Lynx were led by Maya Moore, who had 20 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Rebekkah Brunson chipped in with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Seimone Augustus had 16 points, seven assists, and six rebounds for the game. The double-double was the third in four playoff games for Brunson.
Candice Parker led the Sparks with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Alana Beard chipped in with 16 points of her own. The Lynx managed to slow down Kristi Toliver on Thursday, holding her to just 12 points in Game 1. Toliver had averaged 26 points per game in the Sparks western conference semifinal.
Game 2 will be played Sunday in Los Angeles, and the Lynx are just 4-21 all time in LA. The game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT and will be aired on ABC.