Lynx 85, Silver Stars 78
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Tamika Williams tied her career high with 12 rebounds against San Antonio.
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Minnesota extended its winning streak to three with this afternoon's victory, completing a 3-1 homestand. The Lynx' only loss during the stand came on July 5 against Cleveland; they'll face the Rockers on Thursday night at Gund Arena. The current streak equals the second-longest in club history
; the record is five in a row, set in June 2000. Minnesota has also won three straight at Target Center, tying its longest home streak of all time.
Today's win was Minnesota's 10th of the season, matching its season total from a year ago (10-22). The Lynx have now won six of their last eight contests to move two games over .500 for the second time this year (previously 3-1). At 10-8, Minnesota moves into a third-place tie with Houston in the Western Conference playoff chase, a half-game behind Seattle (10-7).
San Antonio lost for the fifth time in six games, slipping to 6-12 on the season and four games off the playoff pace. The Silver Stars have suffered four straight road losses since posting their only win away from the SBC Center this year (June 24 at Sacramento); they're now 1-8 on the road. San Antonio opens a two-game homestand tomorrow night against Sacramento.
The Lynx improve to 2-0 against San Antonio this summer, having notched a 75-65 triumph on May 30 at the SBC Center. The Silver Stars return to Minnesota next Friday (July 25), then host the Lynx on Aug. 16 to complete the season set. Minnesota takes over the all-time series lead
at 8-7, including 6-2 at Target Center.
Minnesota scored a season-high 85 points today, its highest output in regulation since an 87-point outburst at Washington on July 29, 2000. It's the fifth-highest regulation total in franchise history; the club record for a 40-minute contest is 88 points, set vs. Detroit on June 5, 2000. Minnesota has now tallied 70+ points in four straight games (including 80+ in the last two), averaging 79.0 ppg in that stretch.
San Antonio has allowed 80+ points in three of its four July outings, surrendering an average of 85.8 ppg this month topped by Detroit's 99-point explosion on July 1. Meanwhile, the Silver Stars' 78 points today represents their fourth consecutive outing with 75 or more. They're scoring at an 80.8 ppg clip in July, after averaging just 60.8 ppg through the end of June.
Lynx guard Teresa Edwards
finished with a season-high 15 points, surpassing her previous best of 12 (June 20 at Charlotte). Edwards also handed out a game-high seven assists; she ranks seventh in the WNBA in that category (4.5 apg). She went 6-for-7 from the floor, and is now shooting 54.3% in her last eight outings. Edwards has also made 10 of her last 21 three-point attempts, including today's 3-for-4 effort.
Minnesota guard Katie Smith
led all scorers with 27 points, her fifth consecutive 20-point game. She's tallying 25.6 ppg (on 64.3% shooting) over the last five, improving her WNBA-best scoring average to 20.1 ppg. Smith moved past Cynthia Cooper (2,601 points) into fifth place on the league's career scoring chart this afternoon; she's now scored 2,609 points in a Lynx uniform.
The Lynx racked up a 40-26 rebounding advantage, their biggest margin of the season (31-18 vs. Phoenix, June 27) and the ninth time in 12 games they've outboarded the opposition. Tamika Williams
(a career-high-tying 12), Katie Smith (eight) and Teresa Edwards (seven) all set season rebounding highs. Minnesota improves to 9-2 when holding the board edge.
Minnesota went 9-for-16 (56.3%) from three-point range, its best percentage of the season. On the four-game homestand, the Lynx shot 48.3% (28-for-58) from beyond the arc. Minnesota finished the homestand at 47.6% in overall field goals, increasing its WNBA-leading field-goal accuracy to 45.2%. They've topped 50% in four of their last seven contests, hitting a combined 49.2% in that stretch.
San Antonio center Margo Dydek blocked a season-high seven shots this afternoon, one short of the WNBA season best. Houston's Michelle Snow had eight blocks at San Antonio on June 20. Dydek, who ranks second in the league in blocks (2.94 bpg), also finished with 18 points. Her season high is 20, set against the Lynx on May 30.
Lynx guard Kristi Harrower
missed Wednesday's game after having her wisdom teeth removed earlier in the day. She's expected to return for Sunday's contest vs. Seattle.