On June 1, Tamika Williams and the Lynx defeated the Comets for the first time ever.|
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Katie Smith tied WNBA records with five first-half three-pointers and seven total three-pointers in the win at Seattle.|
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| June | July
| 2003 in review
Starting the month with a 2-1 record, the Lynx rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to post their first-ever victory against the Comets, 68-64 in overtime, at Target Center. Sheri Sam led a balanced attack with 14 points as the Lynx ended a 13-game drought that included six losses at Target Center. After the win, Minnesota had a 3-1 record — the best start in team history.
Unfortunately, a three-game losing streak followed. New York's Becky Hammon scored a career-high 33 points as the Liberty defeated the Lynx 70-60 at Target Center. New York opened a 15-point lead in the second half, which Minnesota trimmed to two points with under five minutes remaining, but the Liberty responded with a 6-0 run and sealed the game.
Minnesota embarked on a three-game West Coast road trip that began with another loss in Los Angeles. The Sparks had their largest lead at 65-57 with 4:59 remaining, but the Lynx went on an 18-9 run and took the lead after a Katie Smith free throw with 12 seconds remaining. L.A.'s Lisa Leslie missed a layup at the other end but grabbed the rebound and put it back with two-tenths of a second left and Los Angeles escaped with a 76-75 victory. During the first half, Smith sank her 300th career three-pointer, becoming the first player in WNBA history to reach that mark.
Minnesota posted its third consecutive loss at Sacramento, 68-55. After the Lynx took an early lead, the Monarchs gained the lead for good with 1:35 remaining in the first half and extended their advantage to as many as 15 in the second.
The Lynx finished out the road trip with a win in Seattle. Smith poured in 32 points — including a WNBA-record-tying seven three-pointers — as the Lynx were victorious, 77-72. Smith scored 15 of her points in the first half and the Lynx built a 13-point halftime lead. The Storm rallied in the second half and pulled to within one after a Sue Bird layup, but Smith responded with another three-pointer and Seattle couldn't get closer than two points for the rest of the game.
Returning home, the Lynx faced Houston again. Minnesota never led in the second half but got to within two points of the Comets with a free throw by Svetlana Abrosimova with 2:15 to go — but the Lynx were scoreless for the remainder of the game and Houston won, 77-68. Minnesota traveled to Charlotte to face another loss, as the Sting beat the Lynx for the fourth consecutive time, 76-72. Charlotte had its biggest lead at 55-36 with 11:10 remaining, but the Lynx staged yet another rally. Teresa Edwards put home a layup and 3-pointer during a nine-second span as Minnesota pulled within 74-72 with eight seconds remaining, but the Sting responded with free throws to close the game.
Minnesota returned home to post a win over Indiana, 66-58. Smith shot 8-for-8 from the line and led four Minnesota players in double figures. Kristi Harrower, who scored 10 points, capped a 12-3 run with a driving layup that provided the game's largest lead at 52-39 with 5:03 remaining.
The Lynx then faced Phoenix at Target Center. Smith added the 500th three-pointer of her U.S. professional career, and she and Michele Van Gorp combined for 20 second-half points as the Lynx pulled away for a 67-59 victory over the Mercury. Closing out the month, Smith tallied 19 points and Van Gorp scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half as the Lynx ran their winning streak to three with a 59-50 victory over Washington at the MCI Center. The winning streak evened the team's June record at 5-5.
Lynx Game-By-Game Results – June 2003
||W 68-64 (OT)
||@ Los Angeles
||Van Gorp 6