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Associated Press, Published September 14 2013

Minnesota Lynx earn home court in playoffs with win

MINNEAPOLIS – Maya Moore had 22 points and 11 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 79-66 Saturday night to secure home-court advantage throughout the WNBA playoffs.

Lindsay Whalen added 23 points and Seimone Augustus had 14 for the Lynx (26-8), who have won eight of nine. Minnesota finished the season 15-2 at home. Janel McCarville grabbed 10 rebounds.

Sylvia Fowles led Chica-go with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Elena Delle Donne had 14 points. The Sky (24-10) lost for just the second time in 11 games and will be the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Courtney Vandersloot scored six points during an 11-4 run in the third quarter that got the Sky within six points, but Augustus made a long jumper and Moore and Whalen hit 3-pointers to give Minnesota a 67-53 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Whalen’s 3 was her first of the season.

Chicago 19 15 19 13 – 66

Minnesota 22 23 22 12 – 79

CHICAGO (66): Cash 1-5 2-2 4, Delle Donne 5-11 4-4 14, Fowles 8-14 1-3 17, Prince 3-14 2-2 10, Vandersloot 4-13 0-0 8, Young 2-5 0-0 4, Warley 1-2 0-0 2, Murphy 1-2 0-0 3, Quigley 2-6 0-0 4, Campbell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-72 9-11 66.

MINNESOTA (79): M.Moore 8-16 2-2 22, Brunson 4-6 0-0 8, McCarville 2-5 2-2 6, Augustus 7-14 0-0 14, Whalen 9-16 4-5 23, Wright 1-4 0-0 2, Peters 0-1 0-0 0, L.Moore 1-3 0-0 2, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Jarry 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 33-66 8-9 79.

3-Point Goals: Chicago 3-18 (Prince 2-9, Murphy 1-2, Cash 0-1, Vandersloot 0-1, Quigley 0-2, Delle Donne 0-3), Minnesota 5-10 (M.Moore 4-6, Whalen 1-1, McCarville 0-1, Augustus 0-2). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Chicago 33 (Fowles 11), Minnesota 48 (M.Moore 11). Assists: Chicago 17 (Cash 6), Minnesota 24 (M.Moore, Whalen 6). Total Fouls: Chicago 10, Minnesota 17. A: 9,613 (9,181).