Lynx 75, Silver Stars 65
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Center Michele Van Gorp had 14 points off the bench, the third-highest scoring game of her career.
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Minnesota improves to 2-1 on the season with the victory, bouncing back from Wednesday's 83-80 home loss to Los Angeles. The Lynx move into a second-place tie with Houston and Sacramento in the Western Conference, 1.5 games behind the 4-0 Sparks.
The win snaps a five-game road losing streak against the Utah/San Antonio franchise, dating to a 72-62 triumph on June 26, 1999 in Salt Lake City. The Lynx square the all-time series at 7-7, but won't face San Antonio again until after the All-Star Game (July 16 at Target Center).
The Silver Stars suffer their second straight defeat, falling to 1-2 after Wednesday's 51-50 loss at Phoenix. They opened the season with a 65-56 victory over Seattle on May 24, the first WNBA game ever played in San Antonio.
The 10-point margin represents Minnesota's biggest road win since a 65-51 victory at Seattle on Aug. 10, 2001. The Lynx started the 2002 campaign with back-to-back road triumphs (at Miami and Sacramento) before dropping a franchise-record 12 straight away from Target Center (June 4, 2002 through July 31, 2002) to finish 3-13.
San Antonio led 29-28 at halftime, but Minnesota outscored the Silver Stars 10-1 over the game's final 3:38. It's the third straight game the Lynx have finished with a flourish; they closed the Sacramento win on May 24 with a 15-4 run (final 7:05) and outscored Los Angeles 12-8 in the last 2:15 on Wednesday. On the season, Minnesota has compiled a 115-95 edge in second-half scoring (38.3-31.7 per game).
The Lynx committed a season-low nine turnovers at San Antonio leading to an 18-2 edge in points off TOs the 11th single-digit TO effort in club history. The franchise single-game record is six (at Charlotte, July 21, 1999). Minnesota had averaged 17.5 miscues in two previous games and 22.7 TOs in the preseason.
Minnesota center Michele Van Gorp
came off the bench to score 14 points on Friday, the third-highest-scoring game of her career. All three of those have been against Utah/San Antonio, including a career-high 18 points in the clubs' previous meeting (July 24, 2002 at Target Center).
Lynx forward Svetlana Abrosimova
finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals and a career-high nine assists at San Antonio. The assist total is the second-highest in franchise history, behind Andrea Lloyd Curry's 11-assist outing at Charlotte on July 21, 1999. Abrosimova ranks among the WNBA's top 10 scorers at 19.0 ppg, and is adding 6.7 rpg and 5.0 apg to date.
pumped in 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, the second straight game she's topped the Lynx in scoring. On the season, Smith has tallied 36 of her 55 points after intermission; she's shooting 50.0% (13-for-26) from the floor and 46.2% (6-for-13) from three-point range in the second half.
San Antonio center Margo Dydek posted season highs with 20 points and 12 rebounds, her first double-double of the season. Dydek, who's led the WNBA in blocked shots in each of the past five seasons, also had two blocks in the game.
Jennifer Azzi notched season highs across the board with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. The rebound total is one shy of her career best (July 29, 2000 vs. Indiana).