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Orange in the Wubble: Alexander, Sykes Advance to Playoffs

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Brittney Sykes and the Sparks earned the third seed, while Kayla Alexander and the Lynx earned the fourth seed.

Minnesota Lynx v Las Vegas Aces Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Kayla Alexander of the Minnesota Lynx and Brittney Sykes of the Los Angeles Sparks represented the Syracuse Orange this week in the WNBA. The Lynx and Sparks went 1-2 to close out the regular season. LA clinched the third seed in the playoffs, while Minnesota grabbed the fourth spot. Both teams earned a first-round bye.

Alexander made an appearance in Minnesota’s win against the Indiana Fever. The former Orange all-star recorded two points during the match-up.

In total, Alexander averaged 5.6 minutes in 16 games, tallying 2.3 points and one rebound per contest in the 2020 regular season.

Las Vegas Aces v Los Angeles Sparks Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

After missing Monday’s game due to an abdominal contusion, Brittney Sykes was back in the Spark’s starting lineup for the rest of the week.

Sykes recording 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, and a block in the Spark’s loss to the Washington Mystics on Wednesday.

In the regular-season finale, Sykes tallied six points, a steal, and a rebound in LA’s loss to the Las Vegas Aces.

Through the 2020 regular season, Sykes started 14 games and averaged 10.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 steals per contest.

Playoff Schedule as of Sept. 12:

Tue, Sept. 15

7 p.m. | First Round (Single Elimination) | ESPN2

9 p.m. | First Round (Single Elimination) | ESPN2

Thu, Sept. 17

7 p.m. | Second Round (Single Elimination) | ESPN2

9 p.m. | Second Round (Single Elimination) | ESPN2

Sun, Sept. 20

1 p.m. | Semifinals Game 1 | ESPN

3 p.m. | Semifinals Game 1 | ABC

Tue, Sept. 22

6 p.m. | Semifinals Game 2 | ESPN2

8 p.m. | Semifinals Game 2 | ESPN2

Thu, Sept. 24

7:30 p.m. | Semifinals Game 3 | ESPN2

9:30 p.m. | Semifinals Game 3 | ESPN2

Sun, Sept. 27

1 p.m. | Semifinals Game 4 (If Necessary) | ESPN

3 p.m. | Semifinals Game 4 (If Necessary) | ABC

Tue, Sept. 29

7 p.m. | Semifinals Game 5 (If Necessary) | ESPN2

9 p.m. | Semifinals Game 5 (If Necessary) | ESPN2

Fri, Oct. 2

7 p.m. | Finals Game 1 | ESPN2

Sun, Oct. 4

3 p.m. | Finals Game 2 | ABC

Tue, Oct. 6

7 p.m. | Finals Game 3 | ESPN

Thu, Oct. 8

7 p.m. | Finals Game 4 (If Necessary) | ESPN2

Sun, Oct. 11

3 p.m. | Finals Game 5 (If Necessarv) | ABC