Minnesota Seattle Notes

WNBA Post-Game Notes
Minnesota at Seattle
June 15, 2005 @ KeyArena

MINNESOTA 86
Seattle 81 (OT)

* The Lynx kicked off their three-game West Coast trip with Wednesday's victory, improving to 5-3 on the season and edging past Seattle into 2nd place in the Western Conference. Minnesota has won four straight games since suffering a 74-71 loss at Washington on June 3. That's the 3rd-longest winning streak in franchise history; they put together a club-record six-game run last July. The Lynx climb within 1.5 games of West-leading Sacramento (7-2), and will visit ARCO Arena on Friday night before wrapping up the trip Saturday in Los Angeles.

* Seattle slipped to 6-4 on the season, losing at home for the first time since suffering a 68-50 setback vs. Los Angeles on Opening Day (May 21). It was the clubs' first meeting since last Sept. 27 in Seattle, when the Storm completed a two-game playoff sweep of Minnesota en route to the 2004 WNBA Championship. The Lynx move to 10-7 all-time vs. Seattle, including 4-5 at KeyArena. The Storm are idle until hosting Connecticut next Wednesday (June 22), followed by a four-game road trip that includes a June 26 stop at Target Center.

* Minnesota outscored the Storm 9-4 in overtime, squaring its record at 7-7 all-time in extra sessions (2-3 on the road). The Lynx won both of their OT contests a year ago, outscoring Houston 8-0 on June 30 and racking up a 12-2 edge vs. Sacramento on July 11. The game was also Seattle's first OT affair this year; they were 1-0 in that category in 2004, beating Washington 85-83 last July 17.

* The Lynx finished with 86 points, their single-game high since a 100-95 overtime defeat at Los Angeles on July 8, 2001, and equaling the 4th-highest point total in franchise history. Minnesota opened the 2004 season with an 88-85 loss at Seattle (May 20), which stands as the highest-scoring regulation game in club annals. The Lynx are scoring at a 74.8 ppg clip during their current winning streak, after tallying 67.5 ppg in their first four starts.

* Seattle outshot Minnesota, 48.6% to 36.8%, marking the first game this year the Lynx have won when coming up short. It's the highest percentage allowed by Minnesota in 2005; they'd held each of their previous three opponents below 40% from the floor. Meanwhile, the Lynx' percentage represents a season low, as well as their fourth sub-40% effort. Minnesota had topped 50% in two of its previous three starts, led off by a season-high 54.0% night vs. Charlotte on June 4.

* The Lynx outscored Seattle 31-10 from the free-throw line, finishing 31-for-35 overall. It's Minnesota's most prolific night since the July 8, 2001 game at Los Angeles, when they finished 37-for-43. The Lynx have been outscored from the line only once in 2005 (May 22 at Houston); they're enjoying a +5.1 ppg advantage in that category (138-97), and rank 2nd in the WNBA in FTs made per game (17.3).

* Minnesota held a 34-32 rebounding advantage on Wednesday, enjoying a 23-15 edge in second-chance points. Kristi Harrower grabbed a career-high seven rebounds, while Nicole Ohlde posted her second point/rebound double-double of the year (15 points, 10 rebounds). The Lynx have now outboarded three straight opponents, by an average of +6.0 rpg (33.3-27.3); they'd come up short in four of their first five starts this year (-1.2 rpg). Overall, Minnesota is at +1.5 rpg (31.1-29.6), good for 5th in the WNBA.

* Seattle's Lauren Jackson led all scorers with a season-high 26 points, but was limited to a season-low four rebounds. Entering the contest, Jackson was averaging 10.1 rpg, with four point/rebound double-doubles in nine starts. Meanwhile, Iziane Castro Marques notched career highs across the board with 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists. No other Storm player reached double figures, although rookie Tanisha Wright handed out a season-high six assists.

* Katie Smith again topped the Lynx with 21 points, the seventh consecutive game she's taken scoring honors and her sixth 20+ effort of the year. She also tied her own franchise record by tallying seven points in OT (twice previously), and dealt a team-high five assists while playing all but 51 seconds in the game. Smith now leads the WNBA in scoring (20.3 ppg), and ranks 3rd in minutes (37.1 mpg); she's 108 points shy of 5000 for her U.S. pro career.

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