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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.