CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 11 (Ticker) -- Charlotte Smith-Taylor scored 13 points and the Charlotte Sting opened the game with 21 straight points en route to a 60-50 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.

Andrea Stinson contributed eight points and four boards on Saturday.
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The opening run set a WNBA record for consecutive points by one team to start a game.

Smith-Taylor was 3-of-4 from 3-point range, nailing her first shot from the arc during the surge and another to open the second half.

The Sting (16-15) got a basket from Tammy Sutton-Brown on their next possession to open their largest lead, 43-18.

Sutton-Brown scored 10 points and Dawn Staley dished out eight assists for Charlotte, which won its third straight game to gain sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Vanessa Hayden scored 18 points for Minnesota, which did not score until the 13:56 mark of the first half. The Lynx loss opened a regular-season-ending four-game road trip.

Seven of the 25 Lynx turnovers came during the Sting's opening flurry.