Lynx Top Sparks 88-77 On Augustus' Special Night
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Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore had 23 points each and both had record-breaking games: Augustus became the new all-time franchise leading scorer and drained a career-high six 3-pointers. Moore collected seven steals on the night, a new franchise record for steals in a game.
Stepping up in their places for L.A. were Alana Beard with 17 points and Jenna O'Hea with 15.
The Lynx led for most of the game, but they gained the 10-point separation they were looking for during the third quarter when they outscored the Sparks 25-18.
"Just a really fun game for us," coach Cheryl Reeve said. "I thought our players, for the most part, really enjoyed themselves and competing in what's viewed as a really big game. I just like how hard we played and our execution of the game plan. We feel like there's still more that we can do to be better against L.A., but I thought, overall, pretty happy with the group as far as the big picture."
Tonight's win was Minnesota's ninth consecutive and tied a franchise record as their 14th home win of the season.
Leader of the Pack: Maya Moore
Aside from her 23 points and nine rebounds (four offensive) tonight, Maya Moore came out scrappy, collecting seven steals, obtaining a franchise record for steals in a game. Her 11 first-half points fueled the Lynx’s early run, and her five first-half steals matched a franchise record for steals in a half. Moore’s ability to find her way through bodies to snag loose balls and gain extra possessions for the Lynx was a key ingredient in tonight’s win.
"I thought Maya got to Candace Parker early in ball handling situations, and Maya was confident that she was going to be able to kind of knock the ball away from Candace in dribbling situations," Reeve said. "And then also, in guarding Milton-Jones, Maya was put in spots where she had to rotate. She just made great reads, and [she] played with great energy, whether it was rebounding or getting deflections and actually getting steals. So Maya understood the game plan, and she was a big part of that defensively, and she came through big for us."
Highlight of the Game
After Moore picked off a Sparks pass and gained control of the ball, she pushed it up to Augustus, who drained a contested three-pointer. Those three points put her over the top of the all-time franchise scoring record previously held by Katie Smith with a mark of 3,605 points, and Target Center fans were on their feet to congratulate her. After tonight’s game, Augustus has recorded 3,620 points in a Lynx uniform.
The Numbers Game
The Sparks outrebounded the Lynx tonight 36-33, but the Lynx pulled down 13 offensive boards to the Sparks' eight. ... The Lynx led in second-chance points 16-7. ... Tonight was the first night since June 28 that Toliver didn't scored in double figures, one of only six games this season.
"[Maya] was just all over the place. Coach gave her a game plan tonight, as far as Candace Parker is like a guard/forward. She can just push the ball up the floor, so just trying to make sure we get back and try to get a deflection on the ball. And [Maya] was just like Catwoman. She was here, she was there, you know. She did an awesome job, and seven steals—that's amazing." —Seimone Augustus on Maya Moore's game
"While the game's going, we're just so focused on playing, but now that you do have a minute to think about it a little bit, it's so fitting, because Seimone is such a great scorer. And I have the privilege of watching it up-close every day in practice and every night for the games. I just love playing with her, love getting assists because of her. And she's got so much more career ahead of her too, so I'm just excited to be a part of it now when she broke the record and to see where she takes it." —Maya Moore on Seimone Augustus's record
The Lynx have one more at home Friday against Atlanta at 7 p.m. before setting out for a set of road games. They face San Antonio on Sunday at 2 p.m. and Chicago the following Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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