INDIANAPOLIS – Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve drew national attention with her screaming, jacket-tossing meltdown in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals.
The Indiana Fever silenced her in Game 3.
Shavonte Zellous scored a career-high 30 points to help the Fever beat the Lynx 76-59 on Friday night.
You know, I was fired up for this game, Zellous said. That Game 2 left a bad taste in our mouth. You know, we could have done a better job in a lot of different things, and I think today, we made a conscious effort to do things better.
Tamika Catchings added 17 points and Erlana Larkins had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Fever, who took a 2-1 lead in the series and can win their first title at home Sunday night against the defending champs.
It had been a tense series. Reeve was fined after her actions in Game 2, which Fever coach Lin Dunn called disrespectful.
Indianas play did the talking Friday. The Fevers lead of 70-33 with 1:58 left in the third quarter was the largest lead by any team in WNBA Finals history. The extent of the blowout left Reeve seated with her hand on her chin for much of the second half.
Rebekkah Brunson, who scored 12 points, was the only Minnesota player to reach double figures.
I think Indiana played the way Indiana always plays, Reeve said. They defend. You defend, you have a chance to win a championship. Thats it.
When asked what the Lynx need to do differently in Game 4, Reeve simply said, Score more points than them.
Minnesotas previous playoff scoring low this season was 70 points against the Fever in Game 1 of the Finals. Maya Moore was held to eight points in Game 3 and Seimone Augustus, who scored 27 points in Game 2, had six on 3-for-9 shooting Friday night. Minnesota finished with just six assists.
Indiana did it all without No. 2 scorer Katie Douglas. She is still sidelined with a severely sprained left ankle. Reserve guard Jeanette Pohlen is out with a left knee injury.
Indiana led 45-27 at halftime.