Reeve, Dangerfield take home awards, Lynx edge Mercury 80-79 to advance to WNBA semifinals

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The WNBA announced their 2020 season awards and the Lynx’ Cheryl Reeve won the 2020 WNBA Coach of the Year and rookie Crystal Dangerfield was awarded rookie of the year award.

Dangerfield, who was picked in the second round, becomes lowest drafted player to win rookie of the year.

After the awards were announced the Lynx had a playoff game to play against the Phoenix Mercury.

Dangerfield scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half and Minnesota beat Phoenix 80-79 to advance to the semifinals. Damiris Dantas led Minnesota with 22 points although she missed a pair of free throws with 6 seconds left leaving Phoenix with the chance to pull off another last-second victory.

With no timeouts left, the Mercury got the ball up the court, but Skylar Diggins-Smith’s shot was off the mark.

The Lynx advance and will now face the Seattle Storm in a best of 5 series beginning Sunday afternoon.

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