Today’s blog is written by PeacePlayers-International Development and Communications Intern Ruth Logan. She writes about the new 2015 WNBA Champions – the Minnesota Lynx.
On Wednesday, October 14 in Minneapolis the Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA Championship going 69-52 against the Indiana Fever in game five. This is the franchise’s third WNBA title within the past five years. Sylvia Fowles, of the Lynx, was named the 2015 WNBA Finals MVP.
In game five for the Lynx, Fowles had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Seimone Augustus scored 16 points, and Rebekkah Brunson grabbed 14 rebounds. Maya Moore scored five points. For the Indiana Fever, Tamika Catchings had 18 points and 11 rebounds in game five. The Fever were fighting for their second championship.
The Lynx had gone through a tough season, with injuries to Augustus, Brunson, and Olympian Lindsay Whalen and a three-team trade in July resulting in the addition of Fowles. They had a 7-8 regular season and lost to the Fever in game one of the Finals, but pulled ahead strong to win the national championship. As Maya Moore told ESPN, “[It] wasn’t a perfect year, perfect series, or a perfect game. But we’re champions.”
The Minnesota Lynx, and all sports teams across the field, show that hard work and determination pay off in the long run, whether the result is a championship, game win, or lesson learned. These high-profile teams are excellent learning examples to our participants at PeacePlayers International. At practices in Cyprus, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and beyond, the PPI youth, with different identities, religions, and histories, come together to play basketball and learn a lesson of peace and equality. This is a job well done. Congratulations to the Minnesota Lynx and PeacePlayers teams on great games!