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The Lynx opened their inaugural season with a 68-51 victory over Detroit at Target Center on June 12. Guard Tonya Edwards scored the franchise's first points on a layup on her way to a game-high 20 points. A crowd of 12,122 was on hand to witness the first regular-season game in Lynx history. Minnesota downed Utah (78-54) two nights later to become the first expansion team in WNBA history to start the season 2-0.

The Lynx then battled the two-time defending WNBA Champion Houston Comets on June 19 at Target Center. At the time, it was a showdown between the league's only remaining undefeated teams (Minnesota 2-0, Houston 3-0). Minnesota fell short, losing for the first time in team history, 69-55.

The Lynx completed a three-game western road trip at 2-1, losing to Sacramento before regrouping to defeat Los Angeles and Utah. On June 26 at Utah, Minnesota set a WNBA single-game record by sinking 14 three-point field goals. The month ended with a home loss to Sacramento, but league history was made once again. The Lynx and Monarchs combined to set a single-game record with 21 three-point field goals (Minnesota 11, Sacramento 10). For the month, Tonya Edwards paced Minnesota with 17.7 ppg. Brandy Reed contributed 13.7 ppg and a team-high 4.6 rpg. Katie Smith added 12.8 ppg after missing the first two games of the season recovering from knee surgery.

Minnesota opened the month of July with an 81-77 double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Sparks at Target Center. The loss dropped the Lynx' home record under .500 for the first time (2-3). Minnesota bounced back to win three of its next four games. The Lynx defeated Phoenix at home before going on a four-game road trip, the longest of the season. Minnesota lost to Houston at the Compaq Center, but recovered the next night, beating expansion rival Orlando. The Lynx won their second straight game, 58-56, with Reed's running jumper at the buzzer to defeat New York. The victory was followed by a defeat to the Cleveland Rockers at Gund Arena.

Minnesota then racked up three consecutive victories, its longest winning streak of the season. Wins at home against New York and Sacramento were followed by a road victory against Charlotte. Minnesota struggled at the end of the month, losing four of its last five games, starting with back-to-back home losses against Washington and Houston. The Lynx squeaked out a win at Sacramento, but suffered their worst loss of the season, a 33-point defeat, at Phoenix. The month closed for Minnesota with a home loss against Charlotte, dropping the team's home record below .500 for the second time (5-6).

The Lynx opened August with an impressive 17-point home victory over Phoenix. Minnesota followed the victory by dropping the next four games to Detroit, Los Angeles, Utah and Phoenix, its longest losing skid of the season. The 80-70 loss at Utah on Aug. 7 saw the Lynx' record fall below .500 for the first time. The loss at Phoenix two days later marked the first time Minnesota's road record dipped below .500 (6-7). The Lynx snapped the losing streak with a home win vs. Utah.

Minnesota suffered another slide by losing three of its next four games. The Comets completed the season sweep of the Lynx with a 71-53 victory at the Compaq Center. The Lynx vindicated an earlier loss to Cleveland by defeating the Rockers at Target Center, bringing Minnesota's home record above the .500 mark for the first time since July 23. A loss at Los Angeles on Aug. 18 dropped their road record three games below .500 and officially eliminated the Lynx from the playoffs. Minnesota ended its regular-season home schedule with a three-point overtime loss to Orlando, 83-80, on Aug. 20. The team closed its inaugural season with a win at Washington that ended a six-game road losing streak.

The Lynx tied for fourth place in the Western Conference with a 15-17 record during their inaugural season. Minnesota posted a 7-9 road record and an 8-8 mark at Target Center. Reed topped the Lynx in scoring and rebounding with 16.1 ppg and 6.0 rpg. The Lynx ranked fifth in the WNBA in attendance, averaging 10,494 fans per game.





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