SAN ANTONIO — Lindsay Whalen scored 31 points, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Stars 94-89 on Saturday night to advance to the Western Conference finals and end the playing career of San Antonio’s Becky Hammon.
Former LSU standout Seimone Augustus scored 21 points and Maya Moore had 16 for Minnesota, which won the series 2-0 and will next face the winner between Phoenix and Los Angeles.
Kayla McBride had 25 points, Danielle Adams added 23, and Jia Perkins had 17 for San Antonio.
Hammon, who is retiring after 16 seasons in the WNBA, had 12 points and four assists in her final game. She received a standing ovation and grew misty when she received warm wishes from Minnesota’s players.
Hammon will become the first woman to serve as a full-time NBA assistant coach, joining the San Antonio Spurs in their quest for a championship repeat.
FEVER 81 MYSTICS 76: In Washington, Tamika Catchings had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Indiana defeated Washington to sweep the best-of-three series and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Catchings’ 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining in overtime put the Fever ahead for good, 75-74. On that basket, she surpassed Lisa Leslie as the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer in the postseason.
The Fever will face top-seeded Atlanta or No. 4 Chicago in the conference finals.
Kara Lawson scored a season-best 20 points for the Mystics.
Briann January scored 13 for Indiana. Her two free throws with 19.7 remaining in regulation tied the game 66-66.