Minnesota 70, Charlotte 62
Lynx Win First Game for Interim Coach Jenkins
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 25 (Ticker) -- A coaching change led to immediate results for the Minnesota Lynx.
Rookie Seimone Augustus scored 21 points and Amber Jacobs added 18 as the Lynx won their first game under interim coach Carolyn Jenkins, a 70-62 triumph over the Charlotte Sting.
An assistant for three-plus seasons, Jenkins ran the team for the first time after 2004 WNBA Coach of the Year Suzie McConnell Serio resigned Sunday. Her guidance helped the Lynx end their six-game road losing streak in the opener of a home-and-home series.
The league's second-leading scorer, Augustus scored six of Minnesota's first 11 points and buried a 3-pointer with 5:48 left in the third quarter to give the Lynx their biggest lead, 47-35.
Charlotte gradually chipped away and pulled within 64-62 when Tangela Smith sank a pair of free throws with 1:49 left. However, Augustus hit a layup with 47 seconds to go and Jacobs made 4-of-4 foul shots down the stretch to seal the victory.
Nicole Ohlde and Adrian Williams scored 10 points apiece for Minnesota, which never trailed and won for just the fourth time in 13 games. The Lynx raised their road record to 2-9.
Tammy Sutton-Brown tied a career high with 22 points and Kelly Mazzante added 12 for the Sting, who shot a season-low 27.5 percent (19-of-69) from the floor and were outrebounded, 42-34.
Next Game: Minnesota hosts Charlotte on Thursday.