Game 2: Augustus Shines In 2nd Half Outburst, Helps Tie Series 1-1

Alex Conover
Web Editorial Associate


How do you stop Seimone Augustus?

That was a question posed to Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen after Minnesota’s 83-71 Game 2 victory over the Indiana Fever, but it was also what the Indiana coaching staff had to be asking themselves throughout the second half.

“It’s tough,” Whalen answered. “She was on a really good roll tonight, and I’m just happy the way she played.” Augustus is putting together a solid postseason statistically—she averaged 20.0 points per game in the playoffs heading into Game 2 and was shooting 48.9 percent from the field. In defeat on Sunday against Indiana, she had a playoff-high 23 points—a total she surpassed in Game 2.

Still, the first half was unusual for the reigning WNBA Finals MVP; she only tallied four points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field. Once halftime ended, however, Augustus came out hot.

She had an incredible 15-point third quarter, and added another eight in the fourth to lead all scorers with 27 points total. She also grabbed six rebounds and three steals in a game where her team needed her desperately—down 0-1 in the series and heading to Indiana for Games 3 and 4.

And while Augustus might make shooting the ball look easy, her baskets definitely weren’t uncontested.

“All of Seimone’s shots are hard,” coach Cheryl Reeve said after the game. “She’s in there competing physically and taking the hit—and still making plays. She has to have MVP-like performances in order for us to have a chance to be successful, and we saw that tonight.”

A year ago in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals, Augustus had a similar offensive outburst. She scored 36 points—a single-game franchise postseason record—in a Game 2 victory against Atlanta.

Augustus wasn’t the only one feeling good late in the game on Wednesday. Maya Moore added eight points, and Whalen contributed five more to give the Lynx the final edge. When Augustus got scoring, the rest of the team felt the vibe and played with determination.

“Seimone Augustus put us on her back offensively and took over,” Monica Wright said. “In terms of energy, it should be coming on to the court, coming off the court, everyone should be playing with energy and intensity.

“We want to win a championship.”
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