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Five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards had eight assists in just 15 minutes during her first-ever WNBA preseason game.
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Katie Smith scored 13 second-half points to lead the Lynx to a comeback win over the Monarchs in the season opener.
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May | June | July | August | Playoffs | 2003 in review

The Lynx had a new look in 2003: a new head coach, two new assistants, a veteran WNBA player selected in the dispersal draft and a five-time Olympian.

Minnesota hired former Cleveland Rockers guard Suzie McConnell Serio as the team's head coach in January and later added assistants Nancy Darsch and Carolyn Jenkins. Because two WNBA teams ceased operations during the offseason, a dispersal draft was held in late April, and the Lynx selected former Miami forward Sheri Sam with the second pick. The following day, Minnesota picked legendary guard Teresa Edwards in the WNBA Draft — a 39-year-old "rookie" who played on Olympic teams with both McConnell Serio and Lynx guard Katie Smith, but who had not played in the WNBA. The Lynx also selected center Jordan Adams from the University of New Mexico.

With the drafts completed and a new WNBA labor agreement in place, the Lynx opened their 2003 training camp on May 1. The Lynx and Detroit Shock participated in the WNBA's first preseason game of the season just five days later. Minnesota set a team preseason attendance record with 7,921 fans at Target Center to watch the Lynx win their exhibition opener, 86-72.

Three days later, the Lynx traveled to Rochester to host a "home" game at the Mayo Civic Center. The Washington Mystics, with Rochester native Coco Miller, defeated the Lynx, 52-46. The Lynx and Shock met again in the preseason finale, this time in Michigan, and Minnesota once again prevailed, 72-64.

The Lynx kicked off their fifth WNBA regular season with a 72-71 victory over Sacramento at Target Center. Minnesota outscored the Monarchs 15-4 over the final 7:06 to erase a 10-point deficit, and sealed the victory with a Smith free throw. Svetlana Abrosimova scored 23 points as the Lynx improved to 4-1 on Opening Night.

Minnesota remained at home to face its next opponent, the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Sparks. L.A. had a seven-point lead with just over two minutes to go before the Lynx came back again. Abrosimova hit a jump shot with 18 seconds remaining to pull the Lynx within one point, but the Sparks made two free throws to increase their lead to three. Abrosimova was then unable to connect on a trey to send the game into overtime and the Lynx lost for the 13th straight time to Los Angeles.

Traveling to San Antonio for its first-ever visit, Minnesota came away with a victory over the Silver Stars — the former Utah Starzz. The Lynx trailed by as many as six points early in the second half but used a 12-2 run to take a 50-46 lead with 12:08 left. The teams traded baskets until a jump shot by Smith gave the Lynx the lead for good with 5:08 remaining. The Lynx outscored San Antonio 10-1 in the game's final 3:38 to come out on top, 75-65, and Minnesota had a 2-1 record at the end of May.

Lynx Game-By-Game Results – May 2003
Game Date Opponent Result Record High Pts High Reb Attendance
Pre 1 May 6 Detroit W 86-72 1-0 Smith 18 Williams 8 7,291
Pre 2 May 9 Washington L 46-52 1-1 Edwards 23 Williams 9 2,472
Pre 3 May 14 @ Detroit W 72-64 2-1 Abrosimova 15 Abrosimova 5 N/A
1 May 24 Sacramento W 72-71 1-0 Abrosimova 23 Williams 8 10,967
2 May 28 Los Angeles L 80-83 1-1 Smith 19 Williams 8 5,423
3 May 30 @ San Antonio W 75-65 2-1 Smith 21 Abrosimova 7
Edwards 7
Williams 7
8,845






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