Snow leads Comets to fifth straight victory

HOUSTON (AP) -- Michelle Snow scored a career-high 24 points to
lead the Houston Comets to their fifth straight victory, 85-62 over
the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.

Snow fell one rebound short of her first double-double of the
season, and the Comets (5-1) won their third straight at home to
remain on top of the Western Conference standings.

Houston is off to its best start since 2001, when it opened the
year by winning nine of 10.

"Right now this team is just focused on defense and I think
everyone just wants to play really good defense," Snow said. "We
are all helping each other out and it is really fun to be playing
this way."

Snow surpassed her previous high of 23 points set on July 21
against the Washington Mystics.

"After that season-opening loss to San Antonio, we all just
decided that we had to do the things that fit with this team,"
Snow said. "Right now we're loving this; everyone is scoring and
we're having a lot of fun."

Tina Thompson added 16 points, and Dawn Staley and Sheryl
Swoopes each had 13 for the Comets, who did not get any points from
their reserves until Sancho Lyttle hit a free throw with 6:36 left.

"We made up our minds before the game that we were going to be
aggressive, and we were," Comets coach Van Chancellor said. "We
wanted to take care of the basketball, and we did. We're just
bringing it right now."

Swoopes left the game with 6:36 left because of a back injury.
She is questionable for the Comets' game at Washington on Tuesday.

Rookie star Seimone Augustus had 20 points for the Lynx (2-4),
who had their modest two-game winning streak end. Kristen Mann added 10
points for Minnesota, the only other Lynx player to score in double

"I think that any time our offensive schemes aren't working,
it's just a little bit tougher to get shots off," Augustus said.
"I think Houston played great team defense to keep me out of the
paint, which is where I get most of my shots."

Augustus has scored at least 20 points in four of her first five
WNBA games after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Lynx this year.