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Minnesota 75, Houston 62

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Lynx are not known as a stellar
defensive team. That wasn't apparent Sunday.

Rookie Seimone Augustus scored 19 points and Nicole Ohlde added
16 to lead the Lynx to a 75-62 win over the Houston Comets.

It was the fourth win in five games for the Lynx, whose only
loss during the stretch was to the Comets (6-3) last Sunday.
Augustus has led Minnesota (4-4) in scoring every game this season,
but it was on defense where she sparked the Lynx during the second
half on Sunday.

"It feels good that we were able to come out in the second half
and do what we did," Augustus said.

Tina Thompson scored 19 points for Houston, but was limited to
three in the second half and none in the fourth quarter thanks to
physical defense and aggressive double-teams from Minnesota.

"I'll say one thing about the Houston Comets," Houston coach
Van Chancellor said. "We've won a lot of games, but we've never
won a rugby match."

Chancellor was referring to the increase in physical play that
highlighted the second half. Lynx coach Suzie McConnell-Serio was
glad to see her team thrive in that environment.

"That's been the knock on us all season, that we're soft," she
said. "I was happy to see us respond tonight. In all of our wins
this year, we've been able to respond."

Minnesota responded on offense, too.

The Lynx made 13 straight field goals to close the third quarter
and start the fourth, outscoring Houston 26-10 during that stretch.
Minnesota shot 14-for-16 in the third.

Ohlde scored 10 points in the quarter and forward Tamika
Williams added eight.

"Tamika is an on-the-floor, vocal leader for us,"
McConnell-Serio said. "But I've had several conversations with her
where I told her that she has to be a scoring option for us, too.
It was good to see her do that tonight."

Houston played its third straight game without league MVP Sheryl
Swoopes, who has a sore back and did not make the trip to
Minnesota.

"We just couldn't score," Chancellor said. "They picked it up
defensively and when you can't score like we couldn't score, that
keeps all of your energy and nothing else."

After being contained in the first half, Augustus scored 11
points in the second half on 5-of-7 shooting. She finished with six
rebounds and five assists and left the game to a loud ovation with
3:12 to play.

"I have to give credit to Houston in the first half," she
said. "In the second, Ohlde and the others came out and started
doing what they do best. That took some of the pressure off me and
I was able to get going."

Michelle Snow added 16 points for Houston, which has lost two of
three.

Lynx starting point guard Amber Jacobs hobbled off the court
with 3:38 left in the third. McConnell-Serio said she aggravated an
early season hip contusion and is day-to-day.