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Over the course of 34 games, rookie Napheesa Collier played more minutes than anyone in the WNBA, flipping seamlessly for the Lynx between the two forward positions.
Napheesa Collier, taken sixth overall in the draft out of Connecticut, got 29 votes from the panel of 43 sportswriters and sportscasters. Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale received the other 14 votes.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said she doesn't know whether star Maya Moore will return next season, "I know you'd like it to be cut-and-dried, black-and-white, but I'm pretty sure it's not."
Veteran center Sylvia Fowles is the most experienced player who can expect to get major minutes Wednesday. She helped the Lynx win two WNBA titles, winning regular season and league finals MVP in 2017.
Lynx guard Odyssey Sims has led her new team in scoring 15 times this season.
The Lynx now control their fate for a first-round playoff game at Target Center, which they can wrap up by beating Phoenix tonight and Los Angeles on Sunday.
Team's resolve in the fourth quarter is enough to top Indiana.
Finish in fifth or sixth and the Lynx will open the playoffs with a single-elimination home game. Drop to seventh or eighth and it means going on the road.
As 22-year-old Napheesa Collier excels, she finds herself in line for a Lynx veteran's torch-passing. "I'm grooming her to take over the team," 14-year veteran Seimone Augustus said.
Sylvia Fowles finished with a season-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds, helping the Lynx beat Chicago and clinch a ninth consecutive trip to the WNBA playoffs.