Lynx-Fever Preview
By MIKE VOTTA, STATS Senior Writer

The Minnesota Lynx may need to get their top two scorers going again if they hope to reverse their fortunes in Indiana.

The Lynx will try for a rare road win against the Fever when the teams square off Thursday.

Minnesota (11-12) is 1-6 all-time in Indiana, with the lone win coming by a 70-65 score July 26, 2003. Overall, the Lynx have not defeated the Fever (11-12) since a 92-87 victory June 2, 2006.

Indiana swept both games between the teams last year, outscoring Minnesota by an average of 16.5 points. This will be the clubs' first meeting this season.

The Lynx will look to Seimone Augustus and Candice Wiggins to help them end their struggles against Indiana. Augustus leads the team and ranks fourth in the WNBA with 19.2 points per game, while Wiggins is averaging 17.1.

The duo, however, struggled in Minnesota's last game, Tuesday's 76-73 loss to Seattle. Augustus shot 3-for-16 from the floor and finished with 10 points, while Wiggins went 3-for-11 and had 14 points.

Augustus averaged 24.7 points in her previous three games, while Wiggins had averaged 25.5 in her last two.

"That was our game plan, to try to shut down Candice and Seimone as much as possible, which is a very difficult task," Seattle's Sue Bird said. "You can't do it with just one person."

The pair did manage to help Minnesota rally from a 17-point third-quarter deficit, but Wiggins missed a 3-pointer in the waning seconds. The Lynx have dropped 11 of 16 after starting the season 6-1.

"We need to become a team that starts with our defense first," said coach Don Zierden, who returned after missing two games due to illness. "When we play with energy, we can beat good teams and when we don't play with energy, we can lose to anybody."

The Fever fell 68-60 at Chicago on Tuesday, their third defeat in four games. Tammy Sutton-Brown had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Katie Douglas chipped in 14 points for Indiana, which was coming off a 71-55 win in Saturday's outdoor game in New York.

"We were fighting the whole game because we got down by at least 10 at one point in the first half. We definitely aren't going to bow down, but it's difficult when you don't make shots," said Douglas, whose team was 22-of-70 (31.4 percent) from the field against the Sky.

The Fever, in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, have dropped two in a row at home after winning five straight there.

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