MINNEAPOLIS, June 11 (Ticker) -- The 1-2 punch of rookie Seimone Augustus and Nicole Ohlde were too much for the Houston Comets to handle.

Augustus had 19 points and two steals and Ohlde added 16 and eight rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx posted a 75-62 triumph over the Comets, who played their third straight game without league MVP Sheryl Swoopes.

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Augustus and Ohlde combined to connect on 17-of-29 shots from the field for Minnesota, which shot 49 percent (36-of-73) overall and scored 48 points in the paint.

The game was tied, 37-37, in the third quarter before Minnesota pulled away, using a impressive 14-4 burst capped by Megan Duffy's layup with 2:07 remaining.

The Lynx managed to extended their advantage to 71-50 in the fourth quarter as Adrian Williams and Augustus scored back-to-back baskets with just under four minutes left.

Tina Thompson collected 19 points and seven rebounds and rising star Michelle Snow contributed 16, eight and three blocks for the Comets, who shot 39 percent (25-of-64) and record seven blocks.