Final

Storm 70

(16-8, 6-6 away)

Lynx 55

(14-11, 10-4 home)

    8:00 PM ET, July 30, 2004

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 30 40 70
    MIN 26 29 55

    Top Performers

    Seattle: B. Lennox 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Minnesota: V. Hayden-Johnson 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Blk

    Season-high 23 points for Lennox

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Seattle had two Olympians on the floor, but a teammate with a more modest resume stole the show.

    The Storm's Betty Lennox scored 17 of her season-high 23 points in the second half to lead the Storm past the Minnesota Lynx 70-55 Friday night.

    Sue Bird, who will play for Team USA in the Olympics, scored 12 points and Lauren Jackson, who will play for Australia in Athens, added 11. It marked the first time in seven games that Jackson was not Seattle's leading scorer.

    "This was about us going out and playing our style of basketball and getting our character back," said Lennox, referring to a 80-55 rout Tuesday at Houston.

    Vanessa Hayden scored 12 points and Svetlana Abrosimova had nine points and nine rebounds to lead the Lynx, who ended a six-game home winning streak.

    Minnesota had an Olympian on the sideline, playing its second straight game without Katie Smith. The WNBA's third leading scorer (18.8), Smith is on the injured reserve list with a bruised knee. She is expected to recover in time to join Team USA in Athens.

    The Storm took advantage of an off night by the short-handed Lynx, who shot 29.3 percent from the floor and committed 18 turnovers.

    Bird was aware of Smith's absence.

    "When Katie is on the floor, you always have to know where she is," Bird said. "When she's not on the floor, the defense opened up a lot for us, and allowed us to help out and switch more."

    The Storm were able to collapse on Minnesota's inside players and held center Nicole Ohlde to four points on an 0-for-5 night from the floor.

    "They made it very difficult for Nicole Ohlde," Lynx coach Suzie McConnell Serio said. "Every time she touched the ball they double- or triple-teamed her. Our perimeter players need to make it easier on our post players."

    The Storm solidified their hold on second place in the Western Conference by dominating the third-place Lynx in the second half. Seattle led 30-26 at halftime and used a 15-2 run that spanned the break to take a 10-point lead early in the second half.

    The Storm later scored eight straight points to push their lead to 49-33. Minnesota was unable to get within single digits the rest of the game.

    "In the second half, they just got too comfortable," Abrosimova said. "Without Katie, we just couldn't make our own run."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Seattle Minnesota
    Points 70 55
    FG Made-Attempted 27-61 (.000) 17-58 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-11 (.364) 4-16 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-14 (.000) 17-22 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-36 9-32
    Assists 18 15
    Turnovers 11 18
    Steals 11 7
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 3 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 15 (0/0)