Dream try to avoid sweep by LynxFor the Dream, the task is clear: Start making free throws and keep Minnesota off the line to avoid being swept in the WNBA finals for a second straight year.
ATLANTA (AP) — For the Dream, the task is clear: Start making free throws and keep Minnesota off the line to avoid being swept in the WNBA finals for a second straight year.
They’ll get the chance to do it at home on Friday when the series shifts to Atlanta for Game 3.
The Lynx went to the free-throw line so many times in Game 2 that Atlanta’s players and coach cried foul. But the Dream couldn’t blame the officials for their poor free-throw shooting.
Minnesota’s 101-95 comeback victory over Atlanta on Wednesday night gave the Lynx a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-five series. Seattle swept Atlanta in last year’s finals.
Angel McCoughtry set a finals record with 38 points and out-dueled Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus, who scored 36 — but Wednesday’s loss left Atlanta on the brink of elimination.
“We just felt like we should have won that game,” McCoughtry said Thursday. “We’re pretty upset but we’ll be OK” on Friday.
The Dream made only 21 for 32 free throws, a key as they faltered in the fourth quarter after leading most of the game.
Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors on Thursday renewed her complaints about the discrepancy in fouls. Her team drew 33 fouls, 10 more than the Lynx.
“I think the thing that really turned the game around, they had 24 free throws to our seven in the fourth quarter,” Meadors said.