WNBA Finals

Farrah Goodall, Sports Reporter

The Women’s National Basketball Association, WNBA, is in the last leg of its season as the National Basketball Association, NBA, prepares for tip-off; the Sparks and Lynx recently faced off in Game Four of the Finals and are set to play Game Five on Sunday, October 20, 2016.

In the WNBA, the winner of the Finals is determined by the best out of five games, as opposed to best out of seven games in the NBA. The Sparks had a 2-1 lead in the series on Sunday, October 16, 2016, and they were looking for another win to receive the championship title back-to-back. Both teams were well structured containing players who played on the U.S. team at the Rio Olympics, and have proven that they work well together. The game started off in favor of the Sparks, the defending champions. They seemed to be faster-paced and more aggressive in the beginning of the first quarter. Shots were sinking one after another from the Sparks’ lead players.

Maya Moore, the top scorer of the night and a member of the Lynx, was able to find her rhythm somewhere around the three-minute mark of the first quarter and slowly began to take over the game by setting her team and herself up to score. It was a hard fought game that found the Lynx with the win scoring, 85 points to the Sparks’ 79.

The Lynx’s victory guaranteed both teams another shot at the trophy. The Final game in the series is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00p.m.

Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, left, reaches in on Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker during the first half in Game 4 of the WNBA basketball finals, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, left, reaches in on Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker during the first half in Game 4 of the WNBA basketball finals, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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