McWilliams-Franklin blocked Ivory Latta’s jumper in the lane with 19.1 seconds remaining to help Minnesota hold off a late rally.
“When I spun on her I just knew I had her,” Latta said. “I didn’t think her length was going to catch up with me but it did and she tipped the ball.”
“I came out with the mindset that we don’t have anything to lose,” said Holt, who was two points shy of her career high. “We had our focus from the beginning to end tonight. We’re getting closer.”
Tulsa trailed only 55-50 after three quarters but stumbled through two brief yet costly scoring droughts in the fourth. The Lynx broke off a 7-2 run to pull away and scored five unanswered points later in the quarter for a 12-point lead.
“The fans were great, especially at the end of the game when we were tired,” Jackson said. “They gave us energy to push through. We thought tonight might be the night. We just came up short, but we’re getting there.”