Minnesota Charlotte Notes

WNBA Post-Game Notes
Minnesota vs. Charlotte
June 4, 2005 @ Target Center

Charlotte 67

* Minnesota stopped its two-game losing streak with tonight's victory, improving to 2-3 on the season and closing to within a half-game of Los Angeles (3-3) for 4th place in the Western Conference. The Lynx are now 2-1 at Target Center, having beaten the Sparks on May 25 before falling to Sacramento in the closing seconds last Sunday. Minnesota will make its second trip of the season to Houston on Tuesday.

* The win is Minnesota's first-ever against Charlotte at home, ending a four-game Target Center run by the Sting. It also ends the Lynx' six-game series losing streak overall, dating to a 76-67 victory on Aug. 8, 2000 at the Charlotte Coliseum. The Sting still hold a 7-3 lead in the all-time series.

* Charlotte slipped to 1-5 on the year, and 0-2 on its current three-game road trip that began with a 69-62 loss at San Antonio on Thursday. The Sting's lone win came last Saturday at home, beating Los Angeles 84-75. They'll complete the trip next Friday in Detroit, before returning to the Coliseum to kick off a five-game homestand June 12 against Seattle.

* It's the third time Charlotte has begun a season 1-5 through six games. Previously, they finished the 2000 campaign 8-24 after a similar start, but rebounded from a 1-10 open to the 2001 season by winning 17 of their final 21 games to end up 18-14 and make the Eastern Conference playoffs.

* The Lynx used an early 11-0 burst to jump ahead by seven, and took their biggest lead of the night when Nicole Ohlde's basket made it 31-21. However, Charlotte peeled off a 19-6 run straddling intermission to pull ahead 40-37 early in the second half. Minnesota went back in front 45-42 on Svetlana Abrosimova's 3-pointer at the 16:08 mark, and never trailed again.

* Minnesota finished the night shooting 54.0% (27-for-50), the 5th-best percentage in franchise history and its first 50%+ effort since hitting 50.0% vs. Phoenix last June 5. The club single-game record is 55.6%, set vs. Miami on May 28, 2002. It's the second consecutive game Charlotte has allowed 50%+ from the field; San Antonio shot 52.2% on Thursday.

* The Sting ended at 39.7% from the floor, their third sub-40% outing in six starts. However, their 67 points represent the 2nd-highest total this season (84 vs. Los Angeles, May 28). Charlotte, entering the contest ranked last in the WNBA in scoring, boosted its average to 61.8 ppg.

* Minnesota and Charlotte both committed 17 turnovers, although the Lynx had only one miscue in the game's final 14:30, and the Sting played the last eight minutes without a turnover. Minnesota is averaging 19.5 TOs in its two wins, compared to just 14.3 TOs in three losses. Charlotte coughed up 25 turnovers in its opener vs. Washington (May 21), but has cut its miscues to 14.4 per game in the last five.

* Led by season-high outings from Tynesha Lewis (11 points) and Teana Miller (nine), the Sting racked up a 23-10 edge in bench scoring. The total is a single-game high this year for Charlotte, after receiving an average of 14.2 ppg from its reserves in five prior starts. Meanwhile, Minnesota's 10 points is a season low; the Lynx' non-starters had been providing 19.0 ppg prior to tonight.

* Tammy Sutton-Brown topped Charlotte with 14 points, her third double-figure effort of the season and the second time she's led the Sting. Allison Feaster tied her career high with six assists, and also added eight points; she's now within 29 points of the 2000 mark for her WNBA career.

* Vanessa Hayden made her second career start tonight for the Lynx (the first coming last Sept. 11 at Charlotte), and netted 10 points, six rebounds and a club-record six blocks. Nicole Ohlde and Janell Burse shared the previous single-game mark with five blocks. Minnesota totaled nine blocks on the night, tying a club record set twice previously (most recently last Sept. 10 vs. Seattle).

* Abrosimova scored 10 of her season-high 15 points in the 2nd half, shooting 6-for-9 from the floor overall and reaching double figures for the fourth time this year. She's averaging 14.0 ppg (on 52.4% shooting) in the Lynx' two victories, while tallying 7.0 ppg (and hitting just 20.0%) in three losses.

* Katie Smith led all scorers with 17 points, the fourth consecutive outing she's taken game-high scoring honors. Smith is averaging 21.0 ppg (51.8%) during that run. Her only 3-pointer of the night (with 1:23 remaining in the game) pushed her past Sheryl Swoopes (3390) for 3rd place on the WNBA's career scoring list. Smith has now scored 3392 points in a Lynx uniform, and is 177 points shy of the 5000 mark for her U.S. pro career.