20070605/MINPHO
Lynx Hold Off Mercury for First Win of Season

Minnesota 90, Phoenix 85

PHOENIX, June 5 (AP) -- Seimone Augustus scored 22 points, Lindsey Harding added 20, and the Minnesota Lynx ended the worst start in franchise history with an 90-85 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night.

Nicole Ohlde had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Lynx (1-7), who had their best shooting night of the season at 47.3 percent (35-of-74). Minnesota came into the game as the worst shooting team in the WNBA at 35 percent.

Tangela Smith had 24 points and seven rebounds for the Mercury (4-4), who lost their third straight.

The Mercury rallied from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter to get within 87-85 with 1:01 left but Phoenix missed its last five shots while the Lynx went 3-of-6 from the free throw line to secure the win.

Svetlana Abrosimova added 10 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota and helped keep Phoenix's Diana Taurasi to 11 points, six in the final quarter.

Kristen Mann had 19 points for Minnesota, who matched its high point total of the season, 77, on its first basket of the fourth quarter.

The Lynx finished 6-of-14 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Taurasi missed a 14-footer with 48 seconds left and Phoenix down by two points. After Mann made a free throw, Cappie Pondexter and Smith both missed 3-pointers and although Augustus missed free throws with 10.7 seconds left, she got the rebound off the second miss and was fouled again. She made the last two free throws for the final margin.

Lynx 90, Mercury 85
No. 1 pick Lindsey Harding scored a season-high 20 points as the Lynx picked up their first win of the season.