The Minnesota Lynx had their "Road to Repeat" end Sunday night in game four of the WNBA finals as they lost 87-78 to the Indiana Fever. Indiana, employed the same hard nose philosophy and hunger that the Lynx played with the year before.
"Candice Wiggins said this early in the season, ‘the hungry lion hunts best'. I think for us, we had our challenges with the idea of being hungrier than the teams we were playing. Once you have something, it's human nature to not be as hungry as someone else who doesn't have it."
Reeve said following the game three blowout that her three Olympians would come out and play well in game four. She was right, partially.
As they had done all series, the Fever jumped out to an early first quarter lead with the biggest margin at nine points with 2:30 left in the quarter. It wasn't the start the Lynx were looking for and outside of an early 7-6 lead, the team could never get over the hump on the scoreboard.
Lindsay Whalen led the way with 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Maya Moore scored 16 points in the loss. Siemone Augustus didn't fare as well.
Augustus was held in check in games three and four and tried to force the action. Last year's Finals MVP shot 6-for-30 from the field including a 3-for-21 performance in game three. Known for her clutch shooting and playmaking, she was held down and visibly out of rhythm. With the game still in reach, Augustus sat on the bench for the final 3:20.
Tamika Catchings won the MVP award leading all scorers with 25 points. Erin Phillips added 18 and was solid all series long both on the defensive end and hitting clutch shots.