Augustus, Lynx Cruise Past Short-Handed Storm

Minnesota 95, Seattle 74

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 7 (AP) -- Seimone Augustus scored 21 points and the Minnesota Lynx took advantage of the depleted Seattle Storm to win 95-74 on Tuesday night.

The Storm were without leading scorer and rebounder Lauren Jackson and second-leading rebounder Janell Burse, and couldn't overcome the losses. Jackson is in Australia to be with an ill family member, while Burse sat out with damaged ligaments in her left wrist. Without their help, Seattle suffered its fourth loss in five games and fell for the eighth time in its last 11 contests.

Betty Lennox led three Seattle scores in double figures with 16 points.

The Lynx snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the third time in their last 15 games.

After taking a 10-point lead into halftime, the Lynx broke the game open in the third quarter, shooting 66.7 percent.

Minnesota scored a franchise-record 37 points in the quarter with Svetlana Abrosimova scoring 16 in the period. Her 3-pointer with 1:14 to play in the third extended the lead to a game-high 28 points.

The Lynx committed a season-low six turnovers in the game and finished with five players in double-figure scoring.