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2012 Storm-Lynx Series

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While the Minnesota Lynx won the season series 3-1, the Storm managed to hand Minnesota its first loss of 2012 in one of two matchups at KeyArena. The Storm was without star Lauren Jackson for all four games. Here's a look back at them.

Sunday, May 27 - at Minnesota 84, Storm 71


Competing on the road with the defending WNBA champions, undefeated this season, proved too much to ask of a Storm team still looking to find its identity with a new lineup. The Storm hung in early behind tough defense, but a 15-1 run pushed Minnesota's lead to 16 midway through the third quarter. The closest the Storm got thereafter was 12 late in the third quarter before five consecutive Lynx points quelled the uprising. The common denominator to the run was Maya Moore three-pointers. The 2011 Rookie of the Year made five threes in seven attempts, scoring a game-high 19 points.

Downtown was also the primary source of Storm offense. The team tied franchise records for makes (14) and attempts (34) from three-point range, with seven of the eight players who saw action making at least one three. Reserves Katie Smith and Shekinna Stricklen (who scored a career-high 12 points) knocked down three apiece. The Storm shot just 34.4 percent on two-point shots, seeing seven of them rejected. Ann Wauters, who led the team with 13 points and nine boards, was the only Storm player who got anything going inside.
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Ann Wauters led the Storm in rebounding against Minnesota at 5.3 rpg.
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Wednesday, June 6 - at Minnesota 79, Storm 55


The Minnesota Lynx continued their undefeated start to the 2012 season, improving to 8-0 - the third-best record to begin a season in league history - with a 79-55 win over the Storm. In a matchup of the best and worst offenses in the WNBA, the Storm struggled to find a rhythm offensively outside of the second quarter. Minnesota opened up a 17-point lead after one quarter and, when the Storm cut the advantage down to seven early in the third quarter, responded by holding the Storm scoreless for more than five and a half minutes during a 13-0 run that effectively ended the game.

The most positive development for the Storm was Tanisha Wright getting back on track after a slow start to the season offensively. Wright scored a season-high 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, her first double-digit effort of the year. The Storm's bench scored 25 points, including eight from Tina Thompson and seven with five rebounds from Victoria Dunlap. Veteran Taj McWilliams-Franklin paced five Lynx players in double figures by scoring 17 points on 8-of-8 shooting. Minnesota, which played without leading scorer Seimone Augustus, also got a career-high 14 points from rookie Devereaux Peters.
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Sunday, June 17 - at Storm 65, Minnesota 62


Moore had a chance to tie the game from about 30 feet at the buzzer, but her desperation shot came up well short and the Storm held on for a 65-62 victory on June 17 to hand Minnesota its first loss of 2012. The Lynx's record-setting run to start the season ended at 10 games, and the loss also snapped a 13-game Minnesota winning streak dating back to the 2011 regular season.

To get the win, the Storm needed an incredible defensive effort. Minnesota managed just 62 points, 16 points fewer than the Lynx had netted in any other game this season. Minnesota's 37.5 percent shooting was also a season low. Tough defense allowed the Storm to win with just eight points in the fourth quarter. Before that, Sue Bird supplied the scoring punch with 21 points on five three-pointers. Wright ran the offense with 12 points and a season-high eight assists. Thompson added 10 points and five rebounds off the bench, as well as the offensive rebound and free throws that helped put the game away.
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Tuesday, Aug. 21 - Minnesota 86, at Storm 73


During the midst of an 11-game winning streak, Minnesota showed its championship form during an 86-73 win at KeyArena. The Lynx shot 50.0 percent from the field and 57.9 percent from beyond the arc and had three players (Augustus, with 22, and Rebekkah Brunson and Moore, with 21) top 20 points, surpassing the season high they previously set for points scored against the Storm (84 on May 27 in Minnesota).

The Storm, with just eight players available, was unable to keep up. After scoring 62 points during the first three quarters, the Storm ran out of gas late and had just 11 points in the final period on 4-of-16 (25.0 percent) shooting. Camille Little reached 20 points for the second time this season and Bird scored 17 in her return to the lineup, but Wright (11) was the only other Storm player in double figures.
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STORM-LYNX STATS

Player                    MPG    FG%    3P%    FT%   RPG   APG   SPG   BPG  TOPG    PPG
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Bird, S                  31.7   .413   .364   .571   2.5   5.0   1.0   0.0   3.5   12.5
Wright, T                31.9   .390   .111   .909   2.5   4.5   2.0   0.0   1.8   10.8
Little, C                29.2   .517   .429   .571   3.5   1.5   1.0   0.5   2.8   10.3
Thompson, T              23.5   .346   .313   .750   4.0   0.0   0.0   0.3   1.3    8.7
Wauters, A               21.3   .476   .667   .500   5.3   1.7   1.7   1.0   2.0    8.3
Dunlap, V                13.9   .200   .000   .625   5.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   1.0    7.0
Kobryn, E                15.3   .571  1.000   .889   1.3   0.3   0.5   0.0   0.5    6.3
Stricklen, S             19.6   .242   .200   .250   3.5   0.8   0.3   0.0   0.8    5.0
Abrosimova, S            19.9   .125   .000   .750   3.0   3.0   3.0   0.0   3.0    5.0
Clark, A                 13.5   .600   .500   .500   3.0   0.5   0.5   0.0   1.5    4.0
Smith, K                 23.6   .385   .444   .000   2.3   1.0   0.5   0.0   1.3    3.5
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Team                            .394   .322   .667  26.0  15.3   7.5   1.5  15.5   66.0

Player                    MPG    FG%    3P%    FT%   RPG   APG   SPG   BPG  TOPG    PPG
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Moore, M                 30.2   .479   .522   .700   5.5   2.8   0.5   0.5   1.5   16.3
Augustus, S              28.0   .400   .545   .857   4.0   2.7   1.3   0.3   1.7   14.7
Brunson, R               27.4   .559   .000   .727   8.8   2.0   1.3   1.0   1.3   11.5
Wright, M                21.2   .636   .600   .875   2.5   2.0   1.0   0.0   2.5    9.5
Peters, D                13.0   .591   .000   .667   2.5   1.5   0.5   0.3   0.3    8.5
McWilliams-Franklin, T   25.0   .480   .000   .571   2.8   1.8   1.8   1.3   2.0    7.0
Wiggins, C               20.2   .400   .429   .000   2.8   2.3   0.5   0.3   2.5    5.5
Whalen, L                24.9   .321   .000   .500   4.5   6.5   0.8   0.8   1.8    5.0
Adair, J                 14.1   .286   .000   .625   4.0   0.5   0.5   0.0   2.0    4.5
Thorn, E                  6.4   .500   .500   .000   1.7   0.7   0.7   0.0   0.3    1.0
Harris, A                 5.2   .167   .000   .000   1.0   0.0   0.0   0.3   0.5    0.5
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Team                            .465   .475   .701  36.5  21.5   8.0   4.5  15.0   77.8