Augustus Pushes Banged-Up Lynx Past Stars

Lynx 78, Silver Stars 68 (F)
Watch highlights of Minnesota's win over San Antonio, its 12th straight home win in the series.
Minnesota 78, San Antonio 68

MINNEAPOLIS, July 25 (AP) - Seimone Augustus scored 20 points, Lindsey Harding added a season-high 13 and the Minnesota Lynx beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 78-68 on Friday night.

Playing without injured star rookie Candice Wiggins, the Lynx (13-12) got their usual production from Augustus, who will join the U.S. Olympic team when the WNBA takes its one-month hiatus for the Beijing Games.

But it was Harding, making her second start of the season, who filled the gap left by Wiggins, who averages 16.4 points.

"She played solid tonight, she got the team into our offense, and everybody felt comfortable when she was out there,'' Augustus said.

Harding went 4-for-6 from the floor and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line to help the Lynx win back-to-back games after an overtime victory at Indianapolis on Thursday night. She set her previous season-high, 12 points, against the Fever.

After a late night in Indianapolis, Minnesota entered the game exhausted.

"Oh I'm sleepy, I'm tired,'' Harding said. "After the game, I probably slept three hours if that. Then we got on the plane and came here. ... I'm excited to get a good night's sleep tonight.''

Anna DeForge added 12 points for the Lynx, who sent the Silver Stars (17-9) to their second-straight defeat.

"At this point, everybody is fighting for position and kind of jockeying,'' Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon said. "The games are important for everybody. It's just too bad that we dropped this one.''

Sophia Young led San Antonio with 21 points while Becky Hammon and Ann Wauters had 18 and 15 points, respectively.

The teams traded the lead throughout much of the first three quarters before DeForge hit a 3-pointer with 3:12 left in the third quarter to give Minnesota a 53-49 lead. The Lynx followed with a 20-10 run and never trailed again.

"We didn't do a good job of sticking mentally tough and we made a lot of mental mistakes,'' Young said. "We didn't play through fatigue and they did. ... They outplayed us tonight.''

Wiggins bruised her lower back when she fell in Thursday's game against Indiana. Later that night in overtime, fellow rookie Charde Houston bruised her left knee in a collision with Tan White.

With Wiggins and Houston out and Augustus off to a slow start, rookie Nicky Anosike provided an early spark with five steals in the first half. Harding also hit some timely jumpers to help Minnesota overcome an early deficit.

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