MINNEAPOLIS, July 14 (Ticker) -- Katie Smith sank four free throws in the final 37 seconds to help the Minnesota Lynx edge the Connecticut Sun 66-63 in front of a franchise-record crowd of 16,277.

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Nicole Ohlde started strong, scoring 13 points in the first half.
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With the score tied at 60-60, Smith was fouled by Taj McWilliams-Franklin with 37 seconds remaining and connected on her first two free throws of the contest.

Nicole Ohlde converted two free throws 19 seconds later for Minnesota, which finished 17-of-22 from the line in its fifth straight home victory and third consecutive win overall.

Rookie Lindsay Whalen's driving three-point play moved Connecticut within 64-63 with 3.8 seconds left. Smith, who finished with 15 points and four assists, was fouled and made two more from the line with 2.7 seconds remaining.

Connecticut's Nykesha Sales had a chance to tie, but her 3-pointer bounced off the back of the rim.

Ohlde had 21 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for Minnesota and Tamika Williams scored 10 points.

Whalen scored 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting and Sales added 11 for Connecticut, which had a three-game road winning streak snapped.