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Liberty Top Lynx For Playoff Bid

Epiphanny Prince scored 22 points and the New York Liberty clinched their first playoff berth in three seasons with an 81-68 victory over the Minnesota Lynx Friday night in New York. Tina Charles (UConn) added 18 points for New York (19-8), which holds a 21/2-game lead in the Eastern Conference. The Liberty, which has a one-game lead over the Lynx for the best record in the WNBA, last made the playoffs in 2012. Maya Moore (UConn) led Minnesota (19-10) with 25 points, all coming after the first quarter. Minnesota was once again without Seimone Augustus, who was on the sideline with a walking boot on her left foot. She's out "indefinitely," according to coach Cheryl Reeve. ...

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