Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lynx Dodge a Bullet

The Minnesota Lynx stayed unbeaten since the Olympics break with a harrowing overtime win over the San Antonio Silver Stars at Target Center Tuesday night.

Lindsay Whalen scored off the opening tap of the OT period and the Lynx went on to score the 1st 10 points of OT to lead 89-79 at 2:35. Whalen finished with 8 points and 2 assists in OT among her 15 points and 8 assists for the night.

The Lynx squandered a 71-62 lead with 5:44 to go. Jia Perkins gave San Antone their 1st lead of the 4th quarter 78-77 with a 3 ball, and Jayne Appel added a FT. Maya Moore answered to tie it up with a 2 at 1:07, and the Lynx sweated out 2 misses by Becky Hammon in the final seconds.

The Lynx got 19 offensive boards on the night to the Stars' 7. Rebekkah Brunson got 5 of those and a total of 20 boards to go with 17 points. The Lynx out-shot San Antone 44 percent to 42, but after 4 quarters it was San Antone 43 percent Minnesota 39. The Lynx made 7-of-9 in OT, San Antone just 1-of-6.

Seimone Augustus and Taj McWilliams-Franklin each scored 19. All 5 Lynx starters were in double figures, but San Antonio's bench out-scored the Lynx' 35-12.

The Lynx go to a league-best 20-4, San Antone drops to 17-7. But in splitting in their last 2 games, including taking the Lynx to OT at the Target Center, the Silver Stars showed themselves to be a solid contender in the WNBA West.

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