September 21, 2013 in Sports

Lynx take Game 1 over Storm

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Seattle Storm guard Temeka Johnson, left, pushes the ball past Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore.
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Seimone Augustus scored 19 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 18 and Maya Moore added 17 to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 80-64 win over the Seattle Storm in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series Friday night in Minneapolis.

The Lynx led 40-36 at halftime, stretched it to 14 after three quarters and pulled away in the fourth to improve their home playoff record to 10-1 over the last three years.Temeka Johnson led the Storm with 14 points, and Tanisha Wright finished with 13.

Seattle made four 3-pointers in the first half and stayed close until the final 10 minutes. Minnesota led by 22 late in the fourth before the Storm scored the final six points.

Game 2 in the best-of-3 series is Sunday at Tacoma.

Indiana 85, Chicago 72: At Rosemont, Ill., Shavonte Zellous scored 20 points to lead the defending-champion Fever in a victory over the Sky in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Briann January (Lewis and Clark High School) and Karima Christmas had 16 points each and Erlana Larkins added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Fever.

Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points to lead Chicago. Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga) had 6 points and a team-high 7 assists for the Sky.

Game 2 in the best-of-3 series is Sunday in Indianapolis.

Delle Donne unanimous ROY

Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne got all 39 first-place votes to easily win the WNBA Rookie of the Year award.

Delle Donne, the second overall draft pick, averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and shot 93 percent from the free throw line to help Chicago make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The Sky are the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

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