Sep 11, 2013 at 4:34 am
SEATTLE (AP) Maya Moore scored 20 points and Lindsay Whalen added 19 to help the Minnesota Lynx clinch their third consecutive Western Conference title with a 73-60 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night.
Monica Wright added 14 points for Minnesota, which won its seventh straight game.
The two teams will face each other again next week in the best-of-three first-round series since Seattle already had clinched the fourth and final seed.
Moore hit 7 of 10 shots from the field and Whalen 7 of 9. The Lynx pulled away from Seattle with a 23-14 run in the second quarter.
The Lynx beat Seattle in the first round last year. They won the WNBA title in 2011.
Tanisha Wright led Seattle with 14 points. Tina Thompson had just five points and shot 2 of 8 from the field.
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