Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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WNBA: Catchings, Fever beat Mystics in Game 1

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Tamika Catchings had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Fever to a 78-73 win over the Washington Mystics in Indianapolis on Thursday night in Game 1 of the WNBA Eastern Conference semifinals.

Catchings endured a lengthy scoring drought from midway through the first quarter to midway through the third. However, when the Fever needed her most late in the game, Catchings came through. She scored 18 points in the second half and had several clutch baskets down the stretch.

Lynx 88, Stars 84 - Hours after being named the WNBA's most valuable player, Maya Moore scored 24 points to help defending champion Minnesota beat San Antonio in Minneapolis in the opener of the Western Conference playoffs.

Rookie of the year

Minnesota's Maya Moore won the WNBA most valuable player award after leading the league in scoring.

It's the first league MVP award for Moore in her four-year career. She averaged a career-best 23.9 points and set a WNBA record by scoring at least 30 points 12 times, including in four straight games. The scoring mark was the third-highest average in league history, trailing only Phoenix's Diana Taurasi's 25.3 points in 2006 and 24.1 in 2008.

Seattle wins lottery

The Seattle Storm won the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft lottery.

The Tulsa Shock were awarded the second pick, with Connecticut picking third and fourth. The Sun acquired the New York Liberty's pick on draft night this past April in part of a package for Tina Charles.

Opening-round play continues Friday when Delaware native Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky meet the Atlanta Dream. In the other matchup, the Phoenix Mercury will host the Los Angeles Sparks.

Led by veterans Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor as well as Brittney Griner, Phoenix doesn't have many weaknesses.

From Inquirer Wire Services
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