It may not be the most popular finals going on in recent memory, but in the WNBA the Minnesota Lynx and the Indiana Fever are locked hard in an epic finals battle that is almost close to being over. Thanks to the heroics of former Lynx MVP Maya Moore, the team is now up 2-1 against the Fever which puts them one game away from collecting their 3rd title in 5 years. No small task, they will quickly catapult themselves into the WNBA elite with the ranks of Houston if they can secure this win. The Houston Comets were one of the original 8 teams and won the first 4 WNBA championships of the entire leagues existence, all led by the Jordan-esque performance of Cynthia Cooper.
Game 3 between the Lynx and the Fever had a different type of atmosphere, as Moore spent the majority of the game on the bench due to foul trouble. Her high energy style worked against herself and the team in this game, resulting in her having to view the action from the bench. But due to the inefficiency of the Fever’s offense, there was still light at the end of the tunnel when there was 1.7 seconds left on the clock and the game was tied at 77. A quick inbound pass from Whalen to Moore allowed her to launch a 3 that won the game for the Lynx, 80-77. It was a very heart pounding win, and was done in a game that they should have been out of to begin with. This has been one of the many exciting matchups this year in the WNBA playoffs, and fans shouldn’t be surprised if the elimination game is just as adrenaline rushing.
ESPN made it a point to diversify their coverage of certain sports, with one of them being the WNBA. Although the college basketball in the women’s division garners twice the ratings, the WNBA is now considered to have steadied the ship and is not only watchable, but lucrative for advertisers. At one point the only coverage of the WNBA was with Brittney Griner’s troubled personal life, but now coverage of games can be seen in highlight reels across several networks, with the attention guaranteeing a growth in the coming years. The WNBA is just as exciting as the NBA, and for the doubters this last game between the Lynx and the Fever should be more than proof.
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