Lynx sweep Atlanta in WNBA Finals

Lindsay Whalen and the Lynx capped off a storybook season Friday.

Lindsay Whalen dribbles up court Friday, Sept. 16 during the Western Conference Semi-Finals at Target Center in Downtown Minneapolis.

Lindsay Whalen dribbles up court Friday, Sept. 16 during the Western Conference Semi-Finals at Target Center in Downtown Minneapolis.

Dane Mizutani

Minnesota sports fans finally have something to cheer about.

The Minnesota Lynx completed a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Dream in the best-of-five WNBA Finals to capture their first title in franchise history.

Former Gophers standout Lindsey Whalen finished with seven points, five rebounds, and one assist in the clincher.

The Lynx title marks the first championship any major Minnesota sports franchise has won since the Minnesota Twins won the World Series in 1991.

Just last season, the Lynx finished with the worst record in the WNBA, which helped them land University of Connecticut standout Maya Moore with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

MooreâÄôs emergence, coupled with exceptional years from players like Whalen and Seimone Augustus âÄî who was named Finals MVP âÄî helped Minnesota go full circle from last season, as they finished with a league best record of 27-7.

They were the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, and their only loss came to the San Antonio Silver Stars in the first round. After that loss to San Antonio, the Lynx rattled off six straight wins, culminating with their 73-67 win

over the Dream to win the title.

Including playoffs, the team went a remarkable 34-8 on the year.

In the decisive third game of the Finals, Augustus scored 16 points and Moore added 15 points to lead the Lynx.

Augustus and Moore were two of four players that scored in double digits and every starter on the Lynx scored at least seven points.

Rebekkah Brunson had 13 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota, and Candice Wiggins added 10 points off the bench.