Minneapolis, MN -- After watching the first four games in the series, one would have expected Game 5 of the 2015 WNBA Finals to be a tight, high-scoring game that went right down to the wire.
But instead, it was a much different story.
The Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 69-52 in Minneapolis on Wednesday to win the 2015 WNBA Finals after dominating defensively for most of the game. The win marks the Lynx's third championship in the past five years.
Minnesota jumped out to an early 11-6 lead in the first quarter, but Indiana responded quickly with a pair of three-point baskets. Minnesota dominated inside during the first quarter, scoring eight points from inside the lane and seven more from the free throw line. In fact, they didn't score any other way in the opening period. By the end of the quarter, though, Indiana led Minnesota 17-15.
The Lynx came out firing in the second quarter, going on a quick 8-0 run in the opening minutes. But more importantly they were able to shut the Fever offense down, holding them to just four-second quarter points - the lowest point total by an individual team in WNBA Finals history. Heading into the locker room, Minnesota led 27-21.
It was a tough first half for Minnesota forward Maya Moore, though. Moore, who has averaged 22.5 points per game in the finals so far, was held to just three points in the first half.
Indiana's offensive struggles continued into the third quarter, and the Lynx took advantage. Minnesota outscored the Fever 23-8 in the quarter, and forced eight Indiana turnovers. The Fever continued to struggle to find a bucket, scoring only eight points in the third quarter.
The Lynx run continued into the fourth quarter, where they extended their lead to 23 points at one point. Indiana did muster a small rally in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 points in the final quarter. It was not enough, though, as Minnesota was able to hold on for the 69-52 win.
Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx with a double-double Wednesday, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Rebekkah Brunson also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Seimone Augustus also finished in double figures, scoring 16 points.
Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 18 points and 11 rebounds Wednesday. Briann January and Shenise Johnson also finished with double-digit points, scoring 13 and 10, respectively. The Fever finished with 21 total turnovers in the game, and shot just more than 35 percent from the field.