Postgame Notes: July 18, 2004

Lynx 63, Mercury 60
America West Arena

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Minnesota tied a franchise record with its fifth consecutive victory, matching the streak set June 5-17, 2000. Including Thursday's 69-66 win in New York, the Lynx have now won back-to-back games on the road for the first time in 2004. The Lynx improve to 12-9 and remain third in the Western Conference, 1.5 games behind second-place Seattle and two games ahead of fourth-place Sacramento.

The Lynx won the season series with the Mercury, 3-1. Minnesota has won seven of the last nine matchups against Phoenix, including June 5 (76-68) and July 9 (61-59) at Target Center.

The Mercury led at halftime in all four games of the series, outscoring the Lynx 136-107 in the first half. However, in the second half, the Lynx outscored the Mercury 135-124. The Lynx outscored the Mercury 84-50 in the second half of the two games played at Target Center and 34-30 in the second half tonight.

After scoring just 18 combined points in the previous two games against the Mercury, Lynx guard Katie Smith shot 11-for-18 from the field to lead all scorers with 33 points, one shy of her season high set July 11 vs. Sacramento. Smith was 4-for-8 from three-point range and 7-for-8 from the free throw line. She scored 13 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 3FG, 3-4 FT) in the final 4:12 in Minnesota's game-ending 14-7 run.

Smith, Tamika Williams and Nicole Ohlde combined for 54 of the team's 63 total points.

With two assists, Lynx guard Teresa Edwards moved into second place on the franchise all-time assists chart. Edwards, who has played just one-and-a-half seasons in Minnesota, now has 204 assists. Forward Svetlana Abrosimova is third with 203.

Abrosimova scored the 1,000th point of her WNBA career with a free throw at the 12:27 mark of the first half. Abrosimova becomes the 74th player in league history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

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