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
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
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