And that's game.
The Indiana Fever came together as a team and defeated the Minnesota Lynx 75-69 on the Lynx's home court, taking a lead in the five-game series 1-0.
There is one thing that is for sure, and that's that both teams are fighting and determined for the championship title. However, they let that determination get to them. As I was watching the teams face off in the first quarter, it seemed as if the players got too much into their own heads.
That led them to play sloppily and allow their nerves to get the best of them. The first quarter wrapped up with both teams only reaching 10 points, which is the lowest first quarter in WNBA history.
However, both teams pulled through their funks and began to find a rhythm in the second quarter. But these teams found a rhythm in their own way, which was the deciding factor for which team came out on top.
The Fever impressed me tonight with how well they work together as a unit. Each member of the team made a tremendous contribution to their success today, with four of their five starters collecting double-digit points in the game, and a big contribution from the bench.
Briann January was on fire tonight, as she collected 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Though she lost her composure at the end of the game with a technical foul, which took her to the bench, it was then when it was clear that she's passionate, means business and wants this for her team.
The Lynx seemed to have a different sort of dynamic tonight, with a general unspoken rule to give the ball to Maya Moore or Fowles. Moore did what she does best, raking in 27 points and 12 rebounds in the game, and Sylvia Fowles let it be known that she's a force to be reckoned with trailing right behind Moore with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The two collected 48 of the teams 69 points. Both players were incredibly impressive tonight; however, it felt as if I was watching the "Moore and Fowles" show. It was Moore, Fowles, and the Lynx.
But their efforts were just not enough as the rest of the team was not appropriately present in game one. Lindsay Whalen had four points in the game, and Rebekkah Brunson was the most unimpressive of the starters with only one point. Seven points came from the bench.
It was clear that though the Lynx had the advantage of home court and giant powerhouses like Moore and Fowles, that wasn't enough to win against a team who worked well together and balanced the power.
If the Fever continue progressing and working well together throughout the rest of the series, it could very well be that they take the title in the end. It is vital for Brunson, Whalen and the rest of the team to pick themselves up and fight for the Lynx to stand a chance in this series.