As of Sunday night, two more teams had claimed WNBA Playoff spots. One of those teams was the New York Liberty as they were able to grab a 70-61 victory over the league's top team, the Minnesota Lynx. Tina Charles led her team in points and rebounding, with additional help from teammates Epiphany Prince and Sugar Rodgers. Here's the latest Lynx vs. Liberty game recap including top performers, stats, a standings update, and what's next for the WNBA teams.

Game recap

In their latest home victory, New York Liberty All-Star Tina Charles made the big impact for her team.

Charles shot 8-for-14 from the field and finished with 19 points. She also snatched nine rebounds, hit a 3-point shot, and recorded a block and an assist. Teammate Epiphany Prince was 4-of-9 and had 15 points while Sugar Rodgers came off the bench to add 10 points and five rebounds. Shavonte Zellous and Bria Hartley each had six assists in the win.

On the losing side, Maya Moore scored 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting which included a 4-for-8 3-point shooting performance. Moore also had six boards.

Sylvia Fowles scored just seven points but pulled down 15 rebounds, while Seimone Augustus finished with 13 points. No other players on the Minnesota Lynx roster had double-digits in scoring. The Lynx were without Rebekkah Brunson due to a sprained left ankle and Lindsay Whalen who is out indefinitely after her fractured left-hand injury.

For the game, Minnesota shot just 33.8 percent from the floor and 25.9 percent for 3-pointers. The Liberty hit 27-of-58 shots for a 46.6 percent rate from the floor.

The rebounding battle was nearly even, but the Lynx had a 35-34 edge there. The game really came down to New York managing to outscore Minnesota 42-28 in the second half.

Standings & what's next

The Minnesota Lynx had already clinched a WNBA Playoff spot way ahead of this game. The loss drops them to a record of 22-6 overall and 10-4 on the road. They're holding the top seed right now for the playoffs but are just 1.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks. Minnesota's next game comes against the Phoenix Mercury at home on Tuesday night starting at 8 p.m.

Eastern Time.

As mentioned, this was a big win for the New York Liberty as it helped them clinch one of the eight WNBA Playoff spots. As of this report, their record of 17-12 overall and 10-4 at home had them in the No. 4 spot in the overall WNBA standings but tied with No. 5 Washington. The top four teams receive byes in the playoff brackets. Next up for New York on the schedule is a game on the road against the Indiana Fever. That matchup arrives at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday evening.

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