Fever 87

(4-2, 2-2 away)

Lynx 92

(2-3, 2-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, June 2, 2006

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 19 24 19 2587
    MIN 25 15 22 3092

    Top Performers

    Indiana: T. Whitmore 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Minnesota: S. Augustus 31 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Augustus pours in 31 to lead Lynx past Fever

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rookie Seimone Augustus scored a season-high 31 points and Amber Jacobs scored a career-high 16 as the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Indiana Fever 92-87 on Friday night.

    Augustus scored 12 in the final period and three in the final 40 seconds for the Lynx, who held off a furious Fever charge in the game's final two minutes.

    "That's me," Augustus said. "We do it all the time in practice with situations like that, you just don't get to see it."

    Augustus bested her previous season-high for the third consecutive game and her 116 points scored this season is the most by any WNBA player in the first five games of her career. Nicole Ohlde pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds to go with a season-best 13 points. She came just two assists shy of her first career triple-double.

    "Ohlde had struggles in the first three games, but it was a matter of staying on her," Lynx coach Suzie McConnell Serio said. "We were trying to light a fire under her. The last two games she's been a different player -- a lot more confident and aggressive."

    Tamika Whitmore led the Fever with a season-high 26 points and all five Indiana starters finished in double-figures. Whitmore led the Fever's fourth-quarter push as she scored eight points in the final three minutes after going a little more than 13 minutes without a point.

    The Lynx pushed their lead to nine with 3:15 to play following the second of two 3-pointers by Svetlana Abrosimova and a jumper by Ohlde.

    But Whitmore hit a 3 and followed two straight Minnesota buckets with a three-point play to cut the lead to seven. Anna DeForge hit her third 3 of the game 30 seconds later and Whitmore's layup with 1:02 remaining cut the lead to 87-85. But Augustus hit a jumper with 37 seconds to play and followed a layup by La'Tangela Atkinson by hitting a free throw.

    "We played hard to the end," Indiana coach Brian Winters said. "I'm happy with the effort. We just came up a little short in a close game, that's all."

    Ohlde and Augustus provided a strong one-two punch to start the game, combining for 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the first quarter to give Minnesota a 25-19 advantage.

    But the Fever came right back with a 17-6 run to start the second quarter and held the Lynx to just three field goals in the first eight minutes of the period. Whitmore went 5-of-7 from the floor and scored 11 of Indiana's 24 points as the Fever took advantage of the Lynx inside. But Minnesota adjusted at halftime and forced Whitmore's third and fourth fouls in the third quarter, sending her to the bench for more than half the period with only two points.

    "I got called for a couple cheap calls," Whitmore said. "That put me on the bench and then I got a little cold."

    Indiana held off the Lynx for most of the third quarter, as Minnesota cut the lead to one on three occasions before taking a brief two-point lead with 25 seconds left in the period on a pair of free throws by Adrian Williams, who scored 10 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Indiana Minnesota
    Points 87 92
    FG Made-Attempted 35-69 (.000) 33-62 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-17 (.412) 7-12 (.583)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-13 (.000) 19-26 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-31 8-25
    Assists 20 28
    Turnovers 15 13
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 1 3
    Fast Break Points 10 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 15 (0/0)