WNBA Mystics, Sparks advance in first semifinal games By Sue Favor - September 12, 2017 Today’s semifinals results: The Lynx used hot shooting to rout the Mystics, 101-81. The Sparks rallied past the Mercury, 79-66. Awards: Alana Beard is the defensive player of the year. All-defensive team. Player news: Sylvia Fowles is an aspiring funeral director. Recruiting: Top recruit Christyn Williams has South Carolina in the class of 2018 top five.