Lindsey Moore has an exciting fall planned.
The Minnesota Lynx point guard is moving to Italy and she’s going to be in her sister’s wedding.
Winning a WNBA title would make it even better for the former Nebraska All-American.
The Lynx face the Atlanta Dream in the best-of-five finals starting Sunday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis. It’s a rematch of the 2011 championship series, which Minnesota swept.
“We’re excited,” Moore said. “We’ve been putting in the work and the effort.”
The Lynx have been talking about returning to the finals since training camp. After winning two years ago, they lost the title to Indiana last season.
Minnesota swept Seattle and Phoenix in the playoffs this year, and winning the Western Conference final has so far been the highlight of Moore’s season.
“It was really cool to be a part of it,” she said.
After averaging just less than six minutes behind starter Lindsay Whalen, Moore’s minutes jumped in the playoffs.
She’s averaged 14.3 the last three games, and has dished out two assists in each of the past seven games.
Moore said she’s gotten better in every part of her game since she was drafted in the first round last April.
She adapted quickly to the fact that everyone on the floor can be a threat and score at any time. She’s worked to improve her ball screens, defense and shooting.
“Just kind of all of it,” she said. “Just improving on the things that needed improving and making myself better.”
Moore will continue that work in Europe in the offseason. She looked at some options and decided that La Spezia would be the best fit. The city is located in northern Italy between Genoa and Pisa on the Ligurian Sea.
One of the options was in Hungary, where former NU star Kelsey Griffin played before moving on to the Bendigo Spirit in Australia. Griffin plays for the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA.
“It’s kind of hard to turn down Italy,” Moore said. “I think it’s a really cool place to experience. It’s right on the sea.”
First will come her sister Erin’s wedding. The playoffs could stretch to Oct. 16, so Erin booked the celebration for the 19th.
“She planned it around my basketball schedule,” Moore said.
Being in the wedding has involved a lot of phone calls, but Moore is trying to keep her focus on getting ready for the Dream, who are making their third trip to the finals in the past four years.
She said they like to get up and down the floor, can shoot at any moment and will try to disrupt the Lynx’s offense. The teams split during the regular season.
Moore said it would mean a lot to win a title with this group.
“We have a really close-knit team,” she said. “The personalities mesh well, and it’s been a good experience overall. We don’t have any bigshots. It’s very unselfish and fun.”