Weekend Recap:Lynx, Silver Stars and Sun Still Streaking
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We may still only be two full weeks into the season but already teams are starting to show signs of success.
The Connecticut Sun came out of this past weekend as the top team in the East, improving to 4-1 with an 83-68 win over Chicago Sunday afternoon.
Sun center Tina Charles was held to just eight points and four rebounds in the first meeting this season on June 10. She turned that around significantly with a career-high 31 points and 12 rebounds in the win for her second straight double-double.
“I just had it in my mind how I played against Chicago the first time. I personally wanted to come out and take it to them," said Charles, following the win. "The way that I played in that game, I didn’t feel like I was there for my teammates the way that they need me every night, so I took this game very personal.”
While Connecticut remains the hot team in the East, two teams continue to battle for first place in the West. The San Antonio Silver Stars improved to a perfect 4-0 start thanks in part to a tremendous come-from-behind win over the Mercury Saturday night. Rookie Danielle Adams remains a force off the bench, as she registered 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, her third straight game in double figures. But it was the veteran Sophia Young's 26 points that led the game and the Silver Stars to a fourth straight win to open up the season.
Not to be outdone by San Antonio, the Minnesota Lynx took both games in a home-and-home series against the Atlanta Dream on Friday and Sunday. Seimone Augustus scored 25 points on Friday night, 15 of which came in the second half, in an effort to power the Lynx past the Dream in Minnesota. On Sunday Minnesota hit the road to take on the Dream at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Augustus once again led the way with a game-high 19 points to secure Minnesota's fifth straight win and drop the Dream to a tough 1-5 start to the season.
Minnesota's 5-1 start is the best start in franchise history since the team jumped out to an early 5-0 start in 2008.
“History says we start out fast and fade in the end," said Augustus, following Sunday's win. "But this is a new Lynx team, a team that wants to win. We’ve been there done that. You gain players like Maya Moore and Amber Harris who have experience playing championship basketball so they know what it takes.”
Rebekkah Brunson's 10 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday's win ties her with Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie for most consecutive double-doubles to start a season, as she has now registered a dub-dub in six straight games.
It will be interesting to see how these three streaking teams play over the next few weeks of action, especially since the three are not scheduled to face one another until July.
Here’s a look at how the rest of the games played out this weekend:
Minnesota 96, Atlanta 85
Angel McCoughtry scored a game-high 27 points but it wasn't enough to power the Dream past the streaking Lynx.
Chicago 85, New York 73
Sylvia Fowles scored a season-high 27 points on top of Epiphanny Prince's 17 points and eight assists to give the Sky the win.
San Antonio 101, Phoenix 99
San Antonio mounted a huge second-half comeback, including a 37-point third quarter rally to beat the Mercury in Phoenix.
Seattle 68, Indiana 54
Swin Cash scored 14 points to push the Storm past the Fever.
Tulsa 77, Washington 59
Ivory Latta scored 22 points to snap Tulsa's season-opening five game skid.
Connecticut 83, Chicago 68
Tina Charles scores a career-high 31 points and snags 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.
Minnesota 77, Atlanta 64
Seimone Augustus scored 19 on the road in Atlanta as Minnesota cruised to a fifth straight win.
Phoenix 93, Indiana 89
Diana Taurasi dropped 32, including seven in overtime, to give the Phoenix Mercury its first win of the season.
Los Angeles 74, Seattle 50
Seattle shot a poor 30 percent from the field as Los Angeles picked up the win at home.
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