Lynx Postgame Notes: June 1, 2003

Lynx 68, Comets 64 (OT)
Target Center

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Sheri Sam had a season-high 14 points in Sunday's home win.
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The Lynx notched their first-ever win over Houston, ending a 13-game drought that included six losses at home. The Comets were the lone remaining team Minnesota had never defeated; meanwhile, Houston is still unbeaten all-time against Detroit (8-0) and Indiana (4-0).

Minnesota improves to 3-1 on the season and takes over sole possession of second place in the Western Conference, a game behind Los Angeles (4-0). The Lynx are a half-game in front of Sacramento (2-1) and one ahead of Houston (2-2). It's Minnesota's best four-game start in franchise history; they opened the 1999, 2000 and 2002 seasons with 2-2 records.

The Comets dropped their second consecutive game, coming on the heels of Friday's 91-83 home loss to Connecticut. That equals a club record for longest losing streak; Houston has suffered back-to-back losses only eight times in seven seasons.

Minnesota is now 4-6 all-time in overtime contests, including 3-3 at Target Center. The Comets slip to 6-4 in extra sessions, suffering only their second road overtime loss ever (5-2). Sacramento beat Houston 78-76 in double-OT on 7/10/01 at ARCO Arena.

The Lynx rallied from a 35-27 halftime deficit to beat Houston. They've trailed at the half in all four games to date, but have come back to win three; Minnesota was just 4-15 a year ago in those situations. The Comets, on the other hand, squandered their first halftime lead since 7/28/01 vs. New York. They were 14-0 last season and 1-0 in 2003 when leading at the half.

Minnesota outrebounded Houston 31-30, racking up a 22-14 edge after intermission. It's the first time this year the Comets have been outboarded, having compiled a +8.7 rpg advantage in three previous games. The Lynx grabbed 13 offensive rebounds en route to a 22-11 edge in second-chance points.

Minnesota shot a season-low 38.7%, two points lower than its 38.9% effort in Friday's victory at San Antonio. The Lynx have never topped 40% in 14 meetings all-time vs. Houston. The Comets, who were shooting a WNBA-best 46.5% coming into the game, finished at a season-low 36.2%.

The Lynx forced a season-high 20 Houston turnovers, picking up 12 steals in the process. Forward Svetlana Abrosimova swiped four steals for the second straight game, while forward Tamika Williams had a season-high three. The Comets entered the game ranked third in fewest turnovers (13.0 per game).

Lynx center Michele Van Gorp came off the bench to score 10 points, her second straight double-figure effort (14 at San Antonio on Friday), and helped Minnesota compile a 18-3 advantage in bench scoring.

Forward Sheri Sam tallied a season-high 14 points (her third straight double-figure night) and Williams finished 4-for-5 from the field. Williams is now hitting 76.2% (16-for-21) on the season.

Houston guard Cynthia Cooper equaled her season high with 22 points (also Friday vs. Connecticut), while forward Mfon Udoka posted career bests with 12 points (tied) and nine rebounds.