May | June | 2004 In Review
The Lynx kicked off the month of July by downing the defending WNBA champion Detroit Shock at Target Center, 78-70. Katie Smith scored 27 points, including her 400th career three-pointer. It was Minnesota's second consecutive comeback from double figures, as the Lynx rallied from a 58-48 deficit.
Minnesota then suffered a 58-56 setback at the hands of the Indiana Fever at Conseco Fieldhouse. After trailing by three, Smith connected on a long-distance strike to tie the score at 56 with 14.8 seconds remaining. With time winding down in regulation, Teresa Edwards was whistled for a loose ball foul near mid-court with 1.3 seconds on the clock to send Stephanie White to the free throw line. White sank two free throws to give the Fever the victory.
The Lynx returned to Target Center and pulled off the largest regular-season comeback in franchise history in a 61-59 decision against Phoenix. Minnesota trailed by 20 points with 6:30 left but outscored Phoenix with a 26-4 surge. After Amanda Lassiter hit a three-pointer to pull the Lynx within three points with 1:18 remaining, Stacey Lovelace-Tolbert hit a trey of her own with 14 seconds to go, then hit two free throws to give the Lynx the lead for good. Minnesota outscored Phoenix 30-4 off the bench, with nine from Lovelace-Tolbert and eight apiece from Lassiter and Amber Jacobs.
Minnesota continued its winning ways with an 83-73 overtime win vs. Sacramento on July 11 behind Smith's season-high 34 points. Smith tied a 2004 WNBA single-game best with six three-pointers as Minnesota tied a team season high with 10 treys. At 9-9, the Lynx reached the .500 mark for the first time since June 19.
The next Lynx victim at Target Center was the Connecticut Sun, which suffered a 66-63 defeat at the hands of Minnesota in a July 14 matinee. A franchise-record crowd of 16,227 watched the Lynx wrap up their undefeated three-game homestand. Rookie Nicole Ohlde led the Lynx with 21 points and 11 rebounds, her third double-double of the season, while Smith had 15 points, including 13 in the second half.
Following the three-game homestand, Minnesota embarked on a cross-country trek, traveling from New York to Phoenix, then back to Connecticut and ending in Washington. The team's winning ways continued in the Big Apple with a 69-66 win over the Liberty and continued in Phoenix as Minnesota disposed of the Mercury, 63-60. Svetlana Abrosimova posted her 1,000th career WNBA point, becoming the ninth-youngest player in league history to reach the milestone, as the Lynx won the season series with the Mercury, 3-1.
The Lynx set a franchise record with their sixth consecutive victory after toppling Connecticut, 68-52, in a nationally televised game at Mohegan Sun Arena on July 22. Smith led all scorers with 27 points, while Ohlde tied a franchise record with five blocks.
Washington snapped Minnesota's streak with a 65-61 win at MCI Center two nights later. Smith left the game with 11 minutes remaining due to a sprained right knee and did not return. This would be Smith's last appearance in a Lynx uniform in 2004 as she re-injured her knee at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and underwent season-ending surgery in September.
Despite losing Smith, the Lynx responded by winning two of their final three games prior to the WNBA's Olympic Break. With a resounding 66-53 victory at home against San Antonio, the Lynx tied a franchise record with six home wins. The streak ended two nights later against Seattle, 70-55, despite 12 points and a season-high four blocks from Vanessa Hayden. The Lynx rebounded on the road to complete a sweep of Detroit, 59-58, Minnesota's fourth win in its last five road outings.
The Lynx' 8-3 record in July was the most successful month in team history and gave Minnesota the WNBA's third-best record at 15-11.
Lynx Game-By-Game Results – July 2004
|Game||Date||Opponent||Result||Record||High Pts||High Reb||Attendance|
|15||Jul 3||Detroit||W 78-70||7-8||Smith 27||Darling 5
|16||Jul 8||@ Indiana||L 56-58||7-9||Smith 18||Williams 8||6,112|
|17||Jul 9||Phoenix||W 61-59||8-9||Smith 10||Williams 6
|18||Jul 11||Sacramento||W 83-73 (OT)||9-9||Smith 34||Hayden 7||6,324|
|19||Jul 14||Connecticut||W 66-63||10-9||Ohlde 21||Ohlde 11||16,227|
|20||Jul 15||@ New York||W 69-66||11-9||Smith 12||Hayden 7
|21||Jul 18||@ Phoenix||W 63-60||12-9||Smith 33||Williams 8||6,567|
|22||Jul 22||@ Connecticut||W 68-52||13-9||Smith 27||Williams 10||7,118|
|23||Jul 23||@ Washington||L 61-65||13-10||Smith 19||Ohlde 6||12,648|
|24||Jul 28||San Antonio||W 66-53||14-10||Williams 13||Abrosimova 6||8,111|
|25||Jul 30||Seattle||L 55-70||14-11||Hayden 12||Abrosimova 9||8,788|
|26||Aug 1||@ Detroit||W 59-58||15-11||Abrosimova 12||Williams 9||10,568|