SAN ANTONIO (AP) Lindsay Whalen took a stand after getting pushed around early by the San Antonio Stars, giving the Minnesota Lynx the boost they needed to come back.
Whalen had a career playoff-high 31 points and Minnesota rallied for a 94-89 victory over San Antonio on Saturday, advancing to the Western Conference finals and ending Becky Hammon's playing career.
Seimone Augustus scored 21 points, Maya Moore had 16 and Janel McCarville 10 for Minnesota, which will face the winner between Phoenix and Los Angeles after sweeping the first-round series.
The Stars had no answer for the defending WNBA champions' offensive depth. After attempting to stall Whalen's drives, Minnesota allowed Augustus and Moore to close out the game.
Whalen's aggressive play was reminiscent of Hammon's career, which she started with the New York Liberty before being traded to San Antonio in 2007.
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 received warm wishes from Minnesota's players, especially Augustus.
"I just congratulated her and said that I love her," Augustus said. "Thank you for everything you did for women and sports."
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.
Kayla McBride had 25 points, Danielle Adams added 23, and Jia Perkins had 17 for San Antonio.
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