Lynx 84, Storm 75

The Minnesota Lynx completed their 2006 WNBA preseason schedule on Saturday night with an 84-75 victory over the Seattle Storm at the Sports Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. The Lynx finished their exhibition schedule with a 1-1 record.

Rookie Seimone Augustus topped the Lynx in scoring for the second consecutive game by pouring in a game high 26 points, while collecting 6 rebounds and handing out 3 assists. Nicole Ohlde added 15 points and Kristen Mann and Amber Jacobs tallied 13 points apiece, with the latter contributing a game-high 7 assists. Wendy Palmer scored a team-high 15 points for the Storm.

"The stat that most impressed me was how few turnovers we had," said Lynx head coach Suzie McConnell Serio, whose team committed only 8 miscues in the game. "We emphasized taking care of the ball all week in practice, and we did that."

Minnesota dominated the glass by out-rebounding Seattle 39-27, including a 12-2 advantage on the offensive boards, which led to a 16-4 edge in second-chance points. Vanessa Hayden and Svetlana Abrosimova led the team with 8 rebounds apiece and Adrian Williams corralled 7.

The Lynx led by 7 points (68-61) following an Williams turnaround jumper with 8:14 remaining in the game. However, Seattle rallied with a 7-0 run in the next 2:29 and tied the score at 68 on a Betty Lennox eight-foot jumper. After another Williams jump shot gave the Lynx a brief 2-point edge, Lennox hit a three-pointer and Jackson hit one of two free throws to pull the Storm in front 72-70 with 4:40 left. But the Lynx responded with a 12-0 run, starting with an Augustus three-point play and culminating with a Mann three-pointer with 1:35 left that sealed the victory.

"When we executed tonight, we looked very good," said McConnell Serio. "We need to continue to move the ball and also be active without the ball. A.J. really controlled the tempo of the game and Seimone was impressive at both ends of the floor."

The Lynx led 25-20 after the first quarter with Augustus scoring 10 points in the stanza. Seattle responded with a 17-12 second quarter to knot the halftime score at 37, and Minnesota held a 5-point lead (64-59) entering the final quarter.

The Lynx open the 2006 WNBA regular season against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Connecticut Sun on Tuesday, May 23 at Target Center beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Target Center Box Office, online at www.lynxbasketball.com or by calling 1-888-WNBA-TIX.

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