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By KATE HEDLIN, STATS Writer

After setting a franchise record for most points scored in their last game, the New York Liberty hope their offense can be that productive again as they begin a road-heavy stretch in their schedule.

New York looks to hand the Minnesota Lynx their sixth straight loss Tuesday when the teams meet for the second time in less than two weeks, this time at the Target Center.

The Liberty (6-5) have won five of seven this month, including a 105-72 victory over Phoenix on Sunday. New York is seventh among the league's 14 teams in scoring at 76.5 points per game and entered Sunday having scored just 69 points in a loss at Indiana.

The Liberty, though, broke out against the Mercury, hitting 11 3-pointers and shooting 54.3 percent from the field. They never trailed after taking a 13-10 lead with 4:49 remaining in the first quarter.

Six players scored in double figures, led by Tiffany Jackson, who had a career-high 21 on 8-of-8 shooting off the bench.

"We executed well and played our game and did what we wanted to," said Janel McCarville, who added 12 points for the Liberty.

New York's previous franchise high in points scored was 95 against Phoenix on June 21, 2001.

The Liberty are trying to win back-to-back games for the third time this month, but they have struggled on the road, losing three of their first four away from Madison Square Garden. Six of their next seven are on the road, where they're allowing opponents to average 80.3 points per game.

This is the second time New York and Minnesota (6-6) are facing each other this month. They met in New York on June 14, when the Liberty held on for a 77-76 victory.

Minnesota has dropped another two games since that loss to extend its skid to five following a surprising 6-1 start. The Lynx fell 72-65 Saturday at home to Houston after suffering a five-point loss the night before in Detroit.

Seimone Augustus scored 12 points and added six rebounds Saturday while Candice Wiggins scored a game-high 24 points off the bench, going 13-of-17 at the free-throw line. The Lynx shot just 27.5 percent from the field and scored only six points in the first quarter - the lowest-scoring period in franchise history.

"We were just stagnant," said Augustus, the league's fifth-leading scorer who had eight points in the fourth quarter.

Of the Lynx's six losses, three have come at home and none have been by more than nine points.

"We're not where we want to be," coach Don Zierden said. "But I told the players a few days ago we're a roll-up-our-sleeves kind of group."

The Liberty have won six straight over the Lynx. The visiting team has won 11 of the 16 meetings in the series with New York winning seven in a row at the Target Center.

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