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Lynx wins close battle with Mercury to tie for 4th place

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Kayla McBride scored 18 points and Jessica Shepard posted a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx scored a crucial victory over WNBA playoff hopes, edging hosts Phoenix Mercury to 86-6 on Wednesday. I went down with 77.

Minnesota (14-20) completed her sweep of the season in Phoenix thanks to a big 4th quarter.

At 7:33 at the end, neither team led him more than 7 points, and the Lynx edged Mercury 23-9 on a night when the lead changed 20 times. rice field.

Five lynxes scored her double figures. Sylvia Fowles shot her 7/10 from the floor and scored 16 points. The trio of starting frontcourt Shepard, Fowles, and Nafeesa Collier went 15/20 combined on field goal attempts and led Minnesota in her 38–27 rebounding lead.

Fowles took her nine boards, Collier added her five and he scored 11 points.

With Aerial Powers coming off the bench, he scored 14 points, and with his three minutes remaining, she scored her fourth in a row to push Minnesota's lead from two to six. The gap didn't drop him below three for the rest of the way.

Mercury (14-20), Skyler Diggins missed her Smith for personal reasons and Diana her Taurasi with a quadriceps injury. Sophie Cunningham picked up scoring slack with a game-high 24 points, including 6-of-10 shooting from a 3-point range.

Shapepedy over the arc he finished at 5/10 and added 21 points. Megan Gustafsson scored his 15th as a substitute.

Minnesota's win and Phoenix's loss, combined with his 91-73 loss to Dallas at the New York Liberty, forced a jam for his four teams with identical records from 7th to 10th. I was. Only two of them will make it to the postseason.

With Wednesday's loss, Phoenix dropped four of his five regular-season games heading into his final two games of the season. Mercury wraps up with home games against Dallas and Chicago.

Minnesota will play Seattle at home and then Connecticut away.

– Field Level Media