Minneapolis, MN -- With the Minnesota Lynx trailing the Chicago Sky 64-54 midway in the third quarter, it was time for Maya Moore to take over.
Scoring 13 of her game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter, Moore led the Lynx to a come-from-behind 87-82 victory. Moore turned in what for her has become the routine -- she was 12-18 shooting, including 6-9 from three-point range. She also was 3-3 from the foul line.
Moore showed off her entire offensive arsenal, scoring from close, mid-range and beyond the three-point line.
As if Moore's scoring wasn't enough, she also contributed with six rebounds, three steals and an assist -- symbolic of her quality of play on both ends of the court.
It wasn't easy for Moore to take center stage at Minnesota's Target Center. Chicago's Elena Delle Donne scored 38 points in a losing cause.
Chicago Sky Head Coach commented on the performances of Moore and Delle Donne stating, "They're great players. Maya's an MVP. Elena is an MVP. They're Olympians. Their play is different, but it's still impactful. To know that the other team is scheming for you and you still have the ability to be relevant and also be damn good, it speaks volume for your play."
While the Minnesota Lynx entered the game looking to improve its playoff position, the Chicago Sky were simply seeking to inch closer to .500. With the loss, the Sky fell to 7-10.
Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson commented on the game explaining, "It was a good stretch - I was rested. I was sitting down with the foul trouble, so I got a little break. I just wanted to go out there and play hard for the last couple of minutes."
The team's perseverance paid off. The Lynx improved to 15-3 and with Moore hitting on all cylinders, another long playoff run should be expected from the Lynx.