Lynx Fall to Storm

by Menzie Henderson
Lynx Writer

With just seconds left on the clock and the ball in Seimone Augustus' hands, the Lynx were only a bucket away from sending the game into overtime against the league's best.

Unfortunately, Augustus' runner bounced off the rim and Sue Bird corralled the rebound as time expired, lifting the Seattle Storm to its ninth straight victory and ending a mid-season classic 73-71 on Saturday afternoon at Target Center.

Augustus scored 13 points, but struggled from the field going only 4-of-17.

The Lynx opened the game strong with a 10-2 run, but Seattle quickly answered right back with an 11-0 run to make the score 10-13 halfway through the first quarter. From that point on, the game was a nail-biter, with 21 lead changes and 10 ties throughout.

In the third quarter, the Lynx started to build momentum with relentless buckets made by Rebekkah Brunson who led the Lynx with 19 points and nine rebounds. Big coast-to-coast baskets made by Charde Houston and Lindsay Whalen also electrified the crowd as the third quarter came to a close with the Lynx leading 59-52.

Lindsay Whalen continued her dominate play since all-star break, scoring 13 points, including five rebounds and six dimes. Additionally, Whalen shot 6-of-8 from the field.

Once the fourth quarter started, Seattle's Lauren Jackson showed exactly why she is an MVP candidate, pouring in 14 of her 26 total points in the final period. Jackson was simply too much for Minnesota, especially with Brunson having to sit for stretches in the fourth due to foul trouble.

The Lynx still held a narrow lead 71-70 with time winding down, but Seattle rotated the ball to Tanisha Wright as she put the dagger into Minnesota with a clutch 3-pointer with 52.6 seconds remaining. Wright's basket turned out to be the game-winner for Seattle. Wright ended up with eight points and ten assists.

"Through three quarters, I think we were playing really well, but then in the fourth we scored 12 points," Lindsay Whalen said. "Disappointed right now, but we're going to be ready to work hard this week, and get ready for the next game."

Defensively, the Lynx had one of its best games of the season, forcing the potent Seattle offense to a season-high 23 turnovers while also holding Sue Bird and Swin Cash in check.

"We gave ourselves a chance to win with how hard we played on the defensive end; playing gritty," Cheryl Reeve said. "We just couldn't convert on the offensive side today."

With the loss, Minnesota moves to 7-12 and Seattle continues its dominance of the WNBA with an 18-2 record.

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