Lynx 86

(3-4, 1-3 away)

Stars 79

(4-3, 0-3 home)

    8:00 PM ET, June 9, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 14 21 20 3186
    SA 14 20 20 2579

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: S. Augustus 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    San Antonio: L. Thomas 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    Augustus scores 27 as Lynx hold off Silver Stars

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Seimone Augustus scored 27 points, and her crucial steal and breakaway layup with 1:13 remaining helped the Minnesota Lynx defeat the San Antonio Silver Stars 86-79 on Friday.

    Minnesota (3-4) broke a 10-game road losing streak dating to last year and has won three of its last four.

    "This is a step in the right direction, being able to get a road win," Lynx coach Suzie McConnell Serio said. "It's a mentality -- going out and playing hard and expecting to win."

    The Silver Stars (4-3) had won three straight. San Antonio is winless in three games at home this year and has lost nine straight home games.

    La Toya Thomas came off the bench to lead San Antonio with 17 points.

    Minnesota led by eight points, the largest margin of the game, with 4:11 remaining in the third quarter. But the Silver Stars finished the quarter by outscoring Minnesota 12-5.

    San Antonio led 59-57 when rookie Shana Zolman hit a 3-pointer with less than nine minutes remaining in the game.

    The Lynx immediately regained the lead on Kristen Mann's 3-pointer with 8:01 to go.

    The game was tied for the final time, 68-68 with 3:26 to go, before Mann hit another 3-pointer with 3:14 remaining. She was 3-for-4 from 3-point territory.

    Minnesota went ahead 73-70 with 1:36 remaining on Kristen Ohlde's short jump shot. The Lynx made it a five-point lead when Augustus had a steal on Vickie Johnson at halfcourt and drove the rest of the way for the layup and a 75-70 lead.

    "Huge. Huge," McConnell Serio said of Augustus' steal. "We talked about fighting over screens all night long and she did a great job of jumping over the screen early and getting a hand on the ball to knock it away and create a breakaway layup."

    Ohlde had 18 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota outrebounded San Antonio 56-40.

    "We didn't make timely plays down the stretch to capitalize, and the glaring thing was the rebounding," San Antonio coach Dan Hughes said. "We were competitive, but we never had the ability to control the glass."

    Augustus has scored 20 or more points in five straight contests. She's led the Lynx in scoring in seven straight games.

    The Lynx might have pulled away in the first half if not for the Silver Stars' bench.

    Minnesota had a five-point lead when the San Antonio bench scored seven of the next eight points to give the Silver Stars the lead.

    Reserve forward Agnieszka Bibrzycka keyed the run with a 3-pointer plus another jump shot before getting a layup following Thomas' steal. When Bibrzycka's layup put San Antonio ahead 27-26, the Silver Stars' bench had hit 8-of-14 shots for 17 points compared to 5-of-19 and 10 points for the starters.

    Bibrzycka and Thomas combined for 13 points in the second quarter and Thomas added three steals.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Minnesota San Antonio
    Points 86 79
    FG Made-Attempted 30-69 (.000) 32-78 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-9 (.556) 6-18 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 21-28 (.000) 9-13 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-49 10-26
    Assists 11 19
    Turnovers 14 4
    Steals 5 12
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 4 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 25 (0/0)