The best WNBA Finals series in years turns out to be as good as advertised.
Game 1 of the 2016 WNBA Finals between the Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks was won on a last-second shot when Sparks’ veteran Alana Beard drilled a shot from the corner as time expired to break a 76-76 tie. The play was created by Beard’s fellow Duke alumnus Chelsea Gray, who drove to the lane drawing two defenders and skipped it to the wide open Beard who made probably the biggest shot of her career.
Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver each scored 19 for the Sparks. Ogwumike came out with the early jump, scoring her team’s first six points down low in the paint. Beard only had four points in the game, the last two being the most important.
Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles and Lindsay Whalen had 18 points each for the Lynx.