Minnesota 84, Washington 74
Augustus Helps Lynx Snap Five-Game Slide
MINNEAPOLIS, July 5 (Ticker) -- Rookie sensation Seimone Augustus helped end the Minnesota Lynx's struggles.
Augustus scored 25 points and Amber Jacobs added 15 and six assists as the Lynx snapped their five-game losing streak with a 84-74 victory over the shorthanded Washington Mystics.
The 6-foot Augustus made 9-of-15 shots and sank all seven free throws. She ranks second in the WNBA in scoring behind Phoenix's Diana Taurasi at 22.4 points per game.
Augustus nailed a jumper and Kristen Mann scored on a layup as the Lynx built an eight-point advantage in the fourth quarter with 4:22 remaining. However, the Mystics pulled within 73-71 three minutes later on Chasity Melvin's basket.
Minnesota pulled away for good as Augustus' driving shot at the 1:04 mark helped spark an 11-3 surge to close the game. The Lynx made 9-of-10 from the line in the final minute to seal the win.
Mann and Svetlana Abrosimova scored 13 points apiece and Nicole Ohlde contributed seven and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which shot 46 percent (28-of-61) from the field.
Nikki Teasley collected 20 points and nine assists and Crystal Robinson scored 19 points for the Mystics, who shot 41 percent (30-of-72).
Alana Beard, Washington's leading scorer, missed the game due to a sprained ankle suffered against Los Angeles Sparks Saturday.