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Minnesota returned from the WNBA's Olympic Break without Katie Smith, who suffered a season-ending injury in the Olympics and would undergo successful surgery on Sept. 3.
The Lynx picked up their first-ever victory in Houston, a 72-64 triumph on Sept. 1. Minnesota enjoyed a 15-0 edge in bench scoring, led by Amanda Lassiter's 11 points. Helen Darling scored a season-high 14 points, including eight in the final three minutes, while adding eight assists.
The win guaranteed that the Lynx would take the season series against the Comets for the first time, as Minnesota won the first three matchups against Houston in 2004. Prior to the season, the Lynx had been just 1-16 vs. the Comets.
At 16-11, Minnesota was five games over the .500 mark for only the second time in franchise history. But upon returning home, the Lynx suffered back-to-back losses at Target Center to Indiana (69-61) and Charlotte (72-68). Both teams earned season sweeps over the Lynx; the Sting have never lost at Target Center.
The Lynx next faced Seattle in the home finale. Minnesota earned its first victory over the Storm in 2004 with a 64-61 decision, pulling the Lynx within one game of the second-place Storm in the Western Conference playoff race. Teresa Edwards registered her WNBA career high with 18 points and Helen Darling dished out a career-high 10 assists, one shy of the Lynx' single-game record. The victory tied a franchise record for most home wins in a season with 11.
Minnesota's "magic number" to clinch a playoff berth was three as the team embarked on a regular-season-ending four-game road trip. For the second time in September, Minnesota suffered a two-game losing streak as it opened the trip with losses in Charlotte (60-50) and Houston (70-59).
Despite the losses, the "magic number" was reduced to one before the team headed to L.A. The Lynx responded with a 78-66 victory to clinch their second straight postseason appearance. The win also snapped a string of 18 regular-season losses to the Sparks, including eight straight in Los Angeles. It was Minnesota's second victory in the all-time series and the first since an 86-73 decision in Los Angeles on June 24, 1999 (the first-ever meeting between the two teams).
Minnesota ended the season with a 72-63 loss at Sacramento. However, the team had tied a franchise record for victories with 18. The Lynx claimed the third seed in the 2004 Western Conference Playoffs, the highest seed in team history.
The Lynx received two league awards, as Suzie McConnell Serio was named WNBA Coach of the Year and Edwards was named the recipient of the WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award.
Lynx Game-By-Game Results – September 2004
|Game||Date||Opponent||Result||Record||High Pts||High Reb||Attendance|
|27||Sep 1||@ Houston||W 72-64||16-11||Ohlde 16||Lassiter 5
|28||Sep 3||Indiana||L 61-69||16-12||Ohlde 13||Williams 10||13,560|
|29||Sep 8||Charlotte||L 68-72||16-13||Ohlde 19||Ohlde 8||4,332|
|30||Sep 10||Seattle||W 64-61||17-13||Edwards 18||Williams 8||11,402|
|31||Sep 11||@ Charlotte||L 50-60||17-14||Hayden 18||Lovelace-Tolbert 10||8,043|
|32||Sep 14||@ Houston||L 59-70||17-15||Ohlde 15||Ohlde 8||6,894|
|33||Sep 17||@ Los Angeles||W 78-66||18-15||Ohlde 19||Hayden 9||9,642|
|34||Sep 19||@ Sacramento||L 63-72||18-16||Abrosimova 21||Ohlde 7||9,875|