Lynx 77, Monarchs 73
Arco Arena (Sacramento)
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Svetlana Abrosimova had 13 points and six rebounds in the win.
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The Lynx (16-13) moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference playoff race, one game ahead of Sacramento (15-14) and one game behind Seattle (16-11), with five games remaining.
Minnesota set a team record
with its 16th win. The Lynx had identical 15-17 records in 1999 and 2000, the franchise's first two seasons.
The Lynx connected on a season-high 30 free throws in a season-high 45 attempts.
Minnesota improved to 6-1 on Saturdays in 2003. The Lynx are 3-1 in the second game of a back-to-back this season. Minnesota has one back-to-back series remaining (Aug. 20 at Phoenix, Aug. 21 at Los Angeles).
Minnesota guard Katie Smith
had a game-high 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 39 minutes. She also made 12-of-14 free throws to seal the game for the Lynx.
Smith (6) and guard Teresa Edwards
(4) combined for 10 free throws in the final 1:15, breaking a 67-67 tie and giving the Lynx the lead for good. Edwards finished with nine points and seven assists.
Sacramento took its biggest lead at 66-56 with 6:18 remaining before the Lynx went on a 21-7 run to close the game.
Forward Sheri Sam
came off the bench for a season-high-tying 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
The Monarchs' DeMya Walker tallied her first double-double of the season with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting and a season-high 12 rebounds.