In the precious few minutes newly crowned MVP Sylvia Fowles sat on the bench during Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals, she allowed herself to soak up the raucous atmosphere of the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena and marvel at just how loud 9,000 fans can get.
“You know why it’s loud, Syl?” said teammate Lindsay Whalen, a former Golden Gophers All-American. “Because it’s ‘The Barn.'”
Fowles scored 25 points to lead the Lynx to a 93-83 victory over the Washington Mystics on Thursday night, putting Minnesota up 2-0 in the best-of-five series.
Fowles made 12 of 16 shots and the Lynx shot 51 percent from the floor to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Maya Moore had 22 points and five assists, and Rebekkah Brunson added 11 points and 10 rebounds in a back-and-forth game at the old college arena affectionately nicknamed “The Barn,” where the Lynx are playing while Target Center undergoes renovations.
“When you sit on the bench, you definitely hear all the noise…
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