This will be a series matching the league’s best two regular season records, with the Mercury (29-5) holding home court advantage over the Lynx (25-9) in the best-of-three game battle that many experts believe will determine the WNBA Champion for 2014.
It has been another flawless week for the Mercury, sweeping the Los Angeles Sparks in their Western Conference Semi-Final series 2-0, coming after Sandy Brondello was named WNBA Coach of the Year for leading Phoenix to a league-record 29 wins.
Brondello, a Jayco Opals legend of four Olympic Games, took over the Phoenix role after joining the Arizona franchise from Los Angeles in the off-season.
One of the most pleasing aspects of series win over the Sparks was the performances of her two Jayco Opals stars Erin Phillips and Penny Taylor (right, Getty Images) in the definitive Game 2.
Taylor was at her deadly best, posting 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor in just 20 minutes on court, while Phillips filled the stat sheet on 7 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds in 23 minutes.
They now face the defending champions in the Western Conference Finals in what shapes as the must-see clash of the WNBA season.
The series tips off on Saturday in Phoenix before game 2 in Minnesota on Monday morning at 5:30am AEST, with fans able to catch the action LIVE on ESPN.