The story today is the Lynx victory over the Phoenix Mercury at a sold out Target Center last night, 75-67. The win ended the Mercury's 16 game winning streak, second longest in WNBA history, and pulled the Lynx within two games of the top spot in the league.
Both teams shot the ball poorly in this one, but the Lynx dominated the glass (unlike their two earlier losses to Phoenix), and made the plays they needed in the 4th quarter to ensure the win.
The Lynx went on an 11-0 run to end the first quarter and take a 21-10 lead, but it was short lived, as the Mercury closed the gap in the 2nd quarter. Similarly, the Lynx opened a gap in the 3rd only to see the Mercury close to within one entering the 4th.
Maya Moore, who struggled from the field for most of the game, scored 12 in the 4th, including back to back threes sandwiching her steal that put the Lynx up 10 and provided them the cushion they needed to hang on. Moore finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Seimone Augustus scored 8 in the 4th quarter and finished with 19, while Rebekkah Brunson had a double-double and was a huge part of controlling the boards. The Lynx grabbed 61% of the available rebounds for the game, something they were unable to do without Brunson.
The Lynx move to 21-6 on the season while the Mercury fall to 22-4.
Today in history
30 B.C. Octavian enters Alexandria bringing it within the Roman Empire
1498: Columbus lands in what is now Venezuela
1619: First Africans land at Jamestown, VA
1774: Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen
1794: Beginning of the Whiskey Rebellion in PA
1831: London Bridge opens to traffic
1914: Kaiser Wilhelm II declares war on Russia as WWI begins
1936: Adolph Hitler opens Berlin Olympics
1944: Anne Frank's last diary entry
1953: Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba
Today's musical birthday is Jerry Garcia, born in 1942 (d. 1995)
So what's going on?