Kristi Harrower had a season-high seven assists on July 5.
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Janell Burse was inserted into the starting lineup on July 21 and averaged 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds during the last four games of the month.
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Minnesota opened the month of July with two straight losses after starting with a 7-6 record dropping their record under .500 again. At Houston, Minnesota jumped out to a 14-point first-half lead and was headed for its first-ever win at Compaq Center. But the Comets rallied in the second half, and a Janeth Arcain jumper with 2.3 seconds remaining gave Houston a 71-69 victory. Katie Smith scored the 2,500th point of her WNBA career in the loss.

In the opener of a four-game homestand, Cleveland downed the Lynx 79-71. The Rockers' Deanna Jackson tied a team record with 30 points, and Minnesota never led in the game as the team's record fell to 7-8. But that was the last time the Lynx would be under .500 in 2003. It was also the last loss that fans would see at Target Center for over a month, as Minnesota then began a team-record seven-game home winning streak. The longest previous home streak was three.

Against Sacramento, the Lynx never trailed but held just a 35-30 lead at the break. A Smith three-pointer with 14 minutes remaining gave the Lynx a 51-36 advantage, and Minnesota earned a 77-59 victory. Smith scored 26 points, Sheri Sam 16 and Tamika Williams 15.

In the first-ever meeting against Connecticut, Smith erupted for a WNBA season-high 34 points in an 83-75 win at Target Center. The all-time leading scorer in U.S. women's professional basketball history, Smith became the first player to eclipse the 4,000-point mark in the victory.

On July 12, Smith made her fourth straight All-Star Game appearance, scoring two points in the Western Conference's 84-75 win at Madison Square Garden.

Upon returning from the All-Star Break, the Lynx picked up their third consecutive victory overall and tied the original franchise record for consecutive home wins with an 85-78 triumph over San Antonio in an afternoon matinee in front of 11,192 fans. Smith led four players in double figures with 27 points, as Svetlana Abrosimova added 16 and Sam and Teresa Edwards each had 15.

Traveling to Cleveland, Minnesota faced another loss to the Rockers, 70-61. Smith scored 22 points, her sixth consecutive game with at least 20. The Lynx followed with a home win over Seattle as Smith scored eight of her 19 points in the final 3:16 and Minnesota withstood a 30-point barrage from the Storm's Lauren Jackson to come out victorious, 69-58. The eighth home win of the season tied the franchise record. Seattle lost All-Star guard Sue Bird to recurring knee soreness in the first three minutes.

Playing for the first time in Connecticut, the Lynx pulled to within five in the waning minutes but couldn't get closer and recorded an 84-70 loss at Mohegan Sun Arena. Rookie Jordan Adams recorded the Lynx' first double-double of the season with season highs of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 30 minutes.

Back at Target Center to face San Antonio, Smith scored 19 of her 23 points in the first half and Janell Burse added a career-high 21 as the Lynx set a franchise record for largest winning margin with an 81-54 triumph over the Silver Stars, extending the home winning streak to five and setting a team record for home wins in a season with nine.

Minnesota finished the month with two games on the road, stopping first in Indiana. Sam scored nine of her 20 points in the final four minutes as the Lynx handed the Fever just their second home loss of the season with a 70-65 triumph at Conseco Fieldhouse. Minnesota then faced Houston for the third time of the season. The Comets never trailed in the game and the Lynx missed their final eight shots as Houston came out victorious, 73-58.

Lynx Game-By-Game Results July 2003
Game Date Opponent Result Record High Pts High Reb Attendance
14 Jul 1 @ Houston L 69-71 7-7 Abrosimova 21 Smith 6 6,848
15 Jul 5 Cleveland L 71-79 7-8 Smith 21 Abrosimova 4
Sam 4
Van Gorp 4
16 Jul 8 Sacramento W 77-59 8-8 Smith 26 Abrosimova 8 5,113
17 Jul 10 Connecticut W 83-75 9-8 Smith 34 Williams 12 5,444
18 Jul 16 San Antonio W 85-78 10-8 Smith 27 Williams 12 11,192
19 Jul 17 @ Cleveland L 61-70 10-9 Smith 22 Van Gorp 10 6,876
20 Jul 20 Seattle W 69-58 11-9 Smith 19 Smith 6 6,992
21 Jul 23 @ Connecticut L 70-84 11-10 Smith 20 Adams 10 7,099
22 Jul 25 San Antonio W 81-54 12-10 Smith 23 Williams 7 7,656
23 Jul 26 @ Indiana W 70-65 13-10 Smith 21 Burse 9 9,191
24 Jul 29 @ Houston L 58-73 13-11 Sam 16 Burse 9 7,179