MIAMI, May 28 (Ticker) -- The Miami Sol knew they would have trouble scoring without Ruth Riley. They didn't expect that trouble to come from Sheri Sam.

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Sam scored just two points and missed a crucial breakaway layup in the final minute as the Sol suffered a 66-63 loss to the Minnesota Lynx in their season opener.

Riley, a 6-5 second-year center whose presence helps spread the offense, is out four to six weeks with a broken right pinky. Sam, who led Miami with 13.9 points per game last season, made just one shot in seven attempts.

Betty Lennox snares a rebound.
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The Sol trailed, 64-61, when Sam stole the ball from Minnesota's Katie Smith. Sam dribbled in uncontested but missed the easy layup. Georgia Schweitzer rebounded and was fouled, making 1-of-2 from the line for a 65-61 lead.

Miami rookie Tamara Moore scored in the lane to halve the deficit. But Smith split a pair from the line with 8.6 seconds to go, and the Sol missed badly on the final shot.

Svetlana Abrosimova scored 21 points and Smith added 18 for the Lynx (1-1), who lost their season opener at home Saturday. Minnesota, which did not trail in the second half, shot 56 percent (20-of-36) from the field to overcome 23 turnovers.

Moore made 6-of-13 shots and 8-of-8 free throws to set a Sol rookie record for points in a game. Debbie Black was the only other Miami player in double figures with 10 points. The Sol shot 37 percent (22-of-59).

Miami missed 19 of its first 22 shots in the second half and trailed, 49-40, before making five in a row to get back in the game.