Lynx Rally to Beat Comets in OT

Minnesota 98, Houston 92 (F)

HOUSTON, May 27 (AP) Seimone Augustus scored 25 points and Nicky Anosike added 20 more to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Houston Comets 98-92 in overtime Tuesday night in Houston's home opener.

Augustus finished with nine rebounds and four assists and the Lynx erased a 12-point deficit in the last five minutes of regulation and forced overtime when Augustus hit an easy basket with 26.8 seconds left.

In the last 15 seconds of the fourth quarter, the Comets' Erica White turned the ball over but the Lynx could not get a shot off.

Minnesota then scored six of the first eight points in overtime, including four by Anosike in the first 2:57.

Anna De Forge added 19 points and six rebounds for the Lynx (2-0), who are off to their best start since 1999.

Tina Thompson had 20 points and nine rebounds as the Comets fell to 0-3 for the second straight season.

Mwadi Mabika and Sancho Lyttle added 14 points each for Houston, which had 17 turnovers.

The Comets led 26-17 after the first quarter as Thompson carved up the Lynx for 10 points in the first 12 minutes. But Minnesota, playing its first road game of the season, responded with a 10-0 run to start the second quarter and took its first lead when Noelle Quinn made an easy layup with 6:31 left in the half.

But as quickly as that lead disappeared, it returned. Mabika scored eight points in a 15-0 Houston run that Shannon Johnson capped by making a long 3 with 2:43 left.

The Lynx got back in the game with an 8-0 run and made it 45-37 on a last-second layup by Vanessa Hayden-Johnson as time expired in the first half.

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