Augustus Lifts Lynx Past Fever in Overtime

Minnesota 84, Indiana 80

INDIANAPOLIS, July 24 (AP) -- Seimone Augustus scored 25 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 84-80 overtime victory over the Indiana Fever on Thursday night.

Lindsey Harding scored 12 points and Nicky Anosike added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx (12-12), who snapped a three-game losing streak against the Fever and improved to 2-6 all-time in Indianapolis.

Tamika Catchings had 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Ebony Hoffman had 17 points and seven rebounds for Indiana (11-13), which lost for the fourth time in five games.

Minnesota rookie Candice Wiggins, the third overall selection in April's WNBA draft, left the game with 3:19 to go in the first quarter with a lower back injury and did not return. The extent of her injury was not immediately known.

Wiggins, who was averaging 17.1 points entering Thursday, hit the floor hard after being called for an offensive foul. She remained on the court for several minutes before being taken to the locker room in a wheelchair.

Minnesota forward Charde Houston injured her left knee with 51 seconds left in overtime and did not return. She also was taken off the court in a wheelchair.

The Lynx, who trailed 55-53 entering the fourth quarter, took a 59-58 lead on Vanessa Hayden-Johnson's two free throws with 7:47 left. The Fever responded with an 8-0 run, which included two 3-pointers from Catchings, to regain the momentum.

After Minnesota tied the score at 73 with 1 minute remaining, Tan White's layup gave Indiana a two-point lead. Augustus' free throws made it 75-all with 38 seconds left, and White missed a runner with time winding down to send the game to overtime.

In the overtime, the Lynx took an 81-80 lead on Augustus' jumper with 37 seconds left, and she extended the advantage to three with two free throws. Hoffman's game-tying 3-point attempt with 10 seconds remaining came up short.

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