Minnesota Lynx (27-7) vs. Indiana Fever (22-12)

Lindsay Whalen has a balanced stat line this season for the Minnesota Lynx: 11.5 points per game, 5.4 assists per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. Enlarge photo

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Lindsay Whalen has a balanced stat line this season for the Minnesota Lynx: 11.5 points per game, 5.4 assists per game and 4.2 rebounds per game.

A look at the best-of-five WNBA Finals, which start Sunday:

Season Series: Lynx won 2-0 by a total of nine points.

Minnesota: The defending champions are seeking to become the league’s first back-to-back champions since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-02. They returned nearly their entire roster from a year ago and matched their franchise record for wins set last season. They are 19-1 at home this year, including 3-0 in the playoffs.

The Players: Seimone Augustus, 16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg; Maya Moore, 16.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.6 apg; Rebekkah Brunson, 11.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg; Lindsay Whalen, 11.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.4 apg.

Indiana: After losing to Phoenix in five games in the 2009 finals, the Fever again will try to win the franchise’s first championship. Indiana matched the franchise record for victories in the regular season, set in 2009, to earn the conference’s No. 2 seed.

The Players: Tamika Catchings, 17.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3.1 apg; Katie Douglas, 16.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg; Briann January, 10.3 ppg, 3.9 apg; Erlana Larkins has averaged 10.8 points and 10.2 rebounds in the playoffs.

Prediction: Minnesota in 5.

WNBA

Playoffs

x-if necessary

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

(Best of 3)

Eastern Conference

Connecticut 2, New York 0

Indiana 2, Atlanta 1

Western Conference

Minnesota 2, Seattle 1

Los Angeles 2, San Antonio 0

CONFERENCE FINALS

(Best of 3)

Eastern Conference

Indiana 2, Connecticut 1

Western Conference

Minnesota 2, Los Angeles 0

WNBA Championship

(Best of 5)

Minnesota vs. Indiana

Sunday, Oct. 14: Indiana at Minnesota, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Wednesday, Oct. 17: Indiana at Minnesota, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, Oct. 19: Minnesota at Indiana, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

x-Sunday, Oct. 21: Minnesota at Indiana, 6 p.m.

x-Wednesday, Oct. 24: Indiana at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

Associated Press

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