Minnesota Seattle Notes

WNBA Post-Game Notes
Minnesota vs. Seattle
June 26, 2005 @ Target Center

Seattle 70

* Minnesota pulled into a three-way tie for 3rd place in the Western Conference with tonight's victory, joining Seattle and Los Angeles at 7-6. The Lynx are percentage points behind 2nd-place Houston (6-5) and 2.5 games in back of front-running Sacramento (9-3). It's Minnesota's fourth straight win at Target Center, representing the third-longest home winning streak in franchise history. The Lynx put together a club-record seven-game run in 2003, and won six straight a year ago; they host San Antonio on Tuesday.

* The Lynx improved to 11-7 all-time against Seattle, defeating the Storm for the second time in 12 days. Five of the clubs' last seven meetings have been decided by three points or fewer, on top of Minnesota's 86-81 OT victory on June 15 at KeyArena. The Lynx ended a three-game losing streak in one-possession games, which included Friday's 57-55 setback at Indiana. They're 2-3 in that category, while the Storm fall to 1-1 (winning 62-60 at Charlotte on June 12). Minnesota is 7-2 overall at home vs. Seattle.

* Seattle slipped to 0-2 on its current four-game road trip, coming on the heels of Friday's 76-65 defeat in Los Angeles. They finish up with stops in Houston on Tuesday and San Antonio on Thursday, before heading home to play seven of their nine July contests at KeyArena. The Storm have lost five of their last eight overall since a 4-1 start, with Connecticut ending their four-game winning streak on June 7.

* Minnesota used a 12-2 surge midway through the first half to take their biggest lead of the night at 26-15 with 7:02 remaining. Seattle outscored the Lynx 9-1 over the next three minutes (getting five points from Francesca Zara) before Kristi Harrower's 3-pointer gave Minnesota a 34-29 halftime edge. The Storm took their first lead at 52-51 on Sue Bird's layup with 7:28 to play, part of a 14-4 uprising that left Seattle in front by three. However, Katie Smith responded with back-to-back treys, then fed Stacey Lovelace for a 3-pointer that gave the Lynx a 66-62 advantage with 1:30 left. Minnesota then sealed the victory with seven free throws in the final minute.

* The Lynx outrebounded Seattle 35-32, highlighted by a 22-9 first-halt margin (including 11-0 on the offensive glass). The Storm rallied with a 23-13 board advantage after intermission, hauling in 10 offensive rebounds to Minnesota's three. The Lynx have now outboarded seven of their last eight opponents. Seattle drops to 0-5 when being outrebounded, coming off a 37-23 deficit (19-4 on the offensive end) Friday in Los Angeles.

* The Storm finished at 38.7% from the floor, ending a three-game run which saw them shoot 48.7% -- a stretch that began with their 49.6% outing vs. Minnesota on June 15. Seattle is now 0-4 when shooting less than 40%. The Lynx have held three consecutive opponents below 40% (allowing a combined 33.0%), after giving up 46.7% accuracy on their recent three-game West Coast trip (June 15-18). Minnesota is 6-1 when holding the opposition under 40%, having entered the contest ranked 4th in the WNBA in defensive FG percentage (40.4%).

* Minnesota shot just 35.6%, the fifth time in six games they've come up short of 40%. That run started with a 36.8% night in Seattle; they're shooting just 36.7% overall in the six games, but have managed to go 3-3. Seattle has posted five sub-40% defensive efforts in its last seven starts, allowing just 38.6% over that stretch. The Storm began the night ranked 5th in defensive FG percentage (40.5%); they've held eight foes under 40% on the season.

* Seattle racked up a 31-12 edge in bench scoring, with the Storm reserves combining to shoot 11-for-17 (64.7%) from the floor. Suzy Batkovic tallied a team-high 12 points (on 5-for-7 shooting), her second double-digit effort of the year, while Simone Edwards chipped in a season-high 11 points (going 4-for-4 from the field).

* Lauren Jackson, meanwhile, was held to a season-low six points (finishing 1-for-11), her lowest point total since her rookie 2001 campaign. Jackson entered 2005 having reached double figures in 84 consecutive games before an eight-point outing on Opening Day (May 20) vs. Los Angeles. Her career low is two points (at New York, July 11, 2001). Jackson entered tonight's game having averaged 23.3 ppg (on 59.5% shooting) in her previous three outings. She claimed a game-high 13 rebounds, her sixth double-digit board effort this year.

* Smith led all scorers with 22 points -- 15 in the final six minutes -- while logging a season-low 19 minutes. It's the 83rd 20-point performance of her WNBA career; she trails only Lisa Leslie (89) in that category. Smith climbs to within 48 points of the 5000 mark for her U.S. pro career (1431 ABL, 3521 WNBA).

* Harrower added a season-high 13 points and matched her career best with seven rebounds (set previously in the June 15 win at Seattle); the Lynx improve to 5-0 when she tallies 6+ points. Vanessa Hayden added 10 points and blocked five shots, one shy of her own franchise single-game record (six vs. Charlotte, June 4). Hayden's outing gives her 58 career blocks in a Lynx uniform, passing Janell Burse (56) atop the franchise's all-time block list.

Kristi Harrower 8
Points Rebounds Assists
13 7 2