For the ninth straight year the Minnesota Lynx are in the playoffs.

The team secured a playoff birth on Aug. 27 with a 93-85 home victory over the Chicago Sky. Six-time all-star center, Sylvia Fowles led the way for the Lynx with a season-high 25 points and 12 rebounds, while all-star guard Odyssey Sims scored 23 points to go with eight assists and rookie all-star, Napheesa Collier chipped in with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.

The Aug. 27 win was the team’s third in a row – all at home – including a convincing 98-77 triumph over the vaunted Las Vegas Aces. In that Aug. 25 contest Collier dropped 23 points to go with four assists and three blocks, bolstering her bid for Rookie of the Year.

For the four-time WNBA champion Lynx, this playoff birth may be the most impressive. With the retirement of future Hall of Famer Lyndsay Whalen, one of the game’s best, Maya Moore taking a year sabbatical and future Hall of Famer and seven-time all-star Seimone Augustus limited to just nine games due to injury, head coach Cheryl Reeve has retooled the squad relying on Fowles, Sims, Collier and a myriad of role players including former Duke star Lexie Brown to grind out a playoff birth.

The Lynx close-out the regular season on the road with games Sept. 6 at Phoenix and Sept. 8 at Los Angeles.

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