Lynx 72, Monarchs 71
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Lynx guard Teresa Edwards made her WNBA debut on Saturday.
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Minnesota improved to 4-1 all-time on Opening Night
with this evening's win. The Lynx' lone setback came a year ago in a 79-75 overtime loss to Utah on 5/25/02 at Target Center. It's Minnesota's third straight home win over Sacramento, and fourth in their last six meetings overall. The Monarchs still hold an 8-6 edge in the all-time series
The win came in Suzie McConnell Serio
's WNBA regular-season coaching debut. Previously, the Lynx won Brian Agler's first game on the bench (68-51 vs. Detroit, 6/12/99 — also the first game in franchise history), but lost Heidi VanDerveer's initial contest as head coach (48-58 vs. Cleveland, 7/17/02).
Sacramento slips to 1-1 on the season, having posted a 65-56 victory at Phoenix on Thursday.
The Lynx trailed 67-57 with 7:19 remaining in the second half, but outscored Sacramento 15-4 to finish the game. It's Minnesota's eighth double-digit comeback in club history; a year ago, the Lynx suffered eight losses by four points or less. Meanwhile, the Monarchs were 6-3 in games decided by three or fewer.
Minnesota shot a blistering 64.0% (16-for-25) in the first half tonight, the second-best shooting half in club history (65.5% vs. Phoenix, 2nd half, 8/2/02). The Lynx finished at 51.0%, marking the ninth time they've topped 50% in five WNBA seasons.
Lynx forward Svetlana Abrosimova
sank her first eight shots from the field — tying the franchise record for most consecutive FGMs set by Brandy Reed — en route to a team-high 23 points. It's the 11th 20-point outing of her career. Abrosimova scored 26 points in last year's opener vs. Utah.
Minnesota guard Teresa Edwards
made her WNBA debut, finishing with eight points and five assists in 25 minutes. The five-time Olympian was the ABL's all-time leading scorer, averaging 20.8 ppg.
Sacramento set a club record by handing out 27 assists in tonight's contest, breaking the previous mark of 25 (set most recently at Los Angeles on 7/25/01). It's also the most assists ever by a Lynx opponent; Orlando was credited with 26 on 8/20/99.
The Monarchs matched a franchise mark for fewest FTMs with tonight's 2-for-7 effort. Previously, they were 2-for-2 at Phoenix on 7/20/98. Sacramento's resulting 28.6% also set a club single-game percentage low, breaking its 31.6% (6-for-19) outing vs. Phoenix on 8/16/98.
Sacramento center Chantelle Anderson, the second overall pick in the 2003 WNBA Draft, made her professional debut this evening by scoring two points in five minutes.