WNBA Post-Game Notes
Minnesota vs. San Antonio
August 9, 2005 @ Target Center
San Antonio 72
* Minnesota completed a 2-0 homestand with tonight's 76-72 victory, the identical final score of its win over Los Angeles on Sunday that halted a season-high five-game losing streak. The Lynx climb back to within a game of .500 at 13-14 on the season, moving into a virtual tie with Phoenix (12-13) for 4th place in the Western Conference playoff chase. They're 1.5 games behind 3rd-place Houston (15-13).
* The Lynx improve to 10-4 at Target Center, one win shy of the franchise single-season mark (11-6 in both 2003 and 2004) with three games remaining. The triumph was Suzie McConnell Serio's 49th as Minnesota's head coach, moving her past Brian Agler (48) atop the franchise's victory list. Minnesota heads to Detroit on Thursday before returning to host Seattle on Friday and Houston next Tuesday.
* San Antonio slips to 0-3 in August, following a narrow 66-63 home defeat vs. Los Angeles last Friday and a 67-57 setback vs. Sacramento one week ago. The Silver Stars closed July with two wins in their final three outings, including a 78-71 triumph over Minnesota on July 26 at the SBC Center. They'll finish the 2005 season by playing four of their last games at home, beginning Thursday vs. Indiana.
* Minnesota takes the season series 2-1 from San Antonio, with the home team winning all three meetings. The Lynx posted a 63-53 victory on June 28, and have now beaten the Silver Stars seven consecutive times at Target Center since suffering a 79-75 overtime loss to Utah on May 25, 2002.
* The Lynx jumped out to a 16-4 lead after seven minutes, but San Antonio rallied to tie it at 33-33 by halftime. The Silver Stars outscored Minnesota 25-9 over a 12-minute stretch spanning intermission, opening up their biggest lead of the night at 43-35. However, the Lynx rallied behind Stacey Lovelace and Tamika Williams, who combined to score 26 second-half points (on 9-for-9 shooting).
* Minnesota enjoyed a 31-24 rebounding advantage, including 18-10 in the second half. The Lynx' 18 offensive boards are their most since grabbing 19 at Connecticut on July 23, 2003, and led to 21 second-chance points (season high: 23 at Seattle on June 15). Vanessa Hayden's seven offensive boards are the most by a Minnesota player in 2005, while Williams and Chandi Jones each snagged three tonight.
* The Lynx finished with 76 points, marking the first time they've topped 70 in back-to-back contests since mid-June (78 vs. Washington, June 11; 86 at Seattle, June 15). Minnesota is scoring at a 72.0 ppg clip in three August starts, after finishing July by averaging just 59.3 ppg in its final six outings. The 76 points tonight represent the most allowed by San Antonio since Seattle poured in 92 on July 15.
* San Antonio's 72-point performance was its seventh 70+ effort this year. Two of the Silver Stars' three highest-scoring games in 2005 have come at Minnesota's expense; their 78-point showing on July 26 is surpassed only by an 81-point effort June 30 vs. Seattle. San Antonio finished at 46.2% from the floor, including 4-for-7 from three-point range. The Silver Stars drop to 6-3 this year when shooting 45%+.
* Shannon Johnson handed out the 1000th assist of her WNBA career with 1:28 remaining in tonight's contest, feeding Bernadette Ngoyisa for a three-point play. Johnson becomes the first player in league history to collect 2500+ points and 1000+ assists. Ngoyisa finished with a career-high 17 points for San Antonio, while Marie Ferdinand also scored 17 points (her 17th double-digit effort of the season).
* Lovelace topped Minnesota with a career-high 17 points, finishing 6-for-6 from the floor (including a pair of three-pointers). Meanwhile, Hayden added 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for her third point/rebound double-double of the season (second vs. San Antonio: 10 pts/11 reb on July 26).