MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Seimone Augustus scored 26 points to help the
Minnesota Lynx snap their season-high six-game losing streak with
an 82-68 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Sunday.
The Lynx jumped ahead by 22 points in the first half and won for
the first time since July 25 at Charlotte. Minnesota had not won at
home since topping Chicago on July 19 -- a stretch of five home
games -- and defeated San Antonio for the third time in four
meetings this season.
Svetlana Abrosimova chipped in 13 points for the Lynx --
including seven in the fourth quarter -- while Nicole Ohlde and
Kristin Mann finished with 11 each.
"I think we've played with bounce for the last several games,"
Minnesota coach Carolyn Jenkins said. "Tonight it was great to
just finally get over the hump and get a win for our effort. Like I
said before, this team has been working extremely hard -- the last
couple of weeks especially -- trying to get better and I think
you've seen the improvements each game."
The Silver Stars lost their season-high fifth straight game and
for the 11th time in their last 13 contests. San Antonio has lost
six in a row on the road.
"I thought we were kind of road weary in the first half,"
Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. "We really didn't play through
our fatigue very well. We played like a tired team for much of the
second quarter and it really put us in a hole."
Sophia Young scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Silver
Stars and Jae Cross added 10. Young scored 17 of her points in the
second half, as San Antonio tried to rally from a huge first-half
San Antonio hit just one of its first 12 shots and finished the
first quarter 5-of-21 from the floor.
"We weren't taking the ball at them," Young said. "We were
letting them do whatever they wanted to do, just weren't being
Minnesota hit 60 percent from the floor in the first half,
getting 12 points from Augustus and 11 from Mann.
"We started off really good," Augustus said about jumping out
to a 15-5 lead. "That was key for us continuing to have momentum.
Once you start to have your offensive structure and its running
well, shots are going to fall. I think we had a lot of great looks.
We were in our comfort zone."
The Silver Stars shot just 22.2 percent (8-of-36) in the first
two periods, and finished the game at 31 percent from the floor
(22-of-71). San Antonio was 2-for-13 on 3-point attempts.
"For a team that has some great 3-point shooters, for them to
only get or make two 3-point shots for the game is exceptional,"
Jenkins said. "One of the goals we talked about before the game
was to not let them make more than four. This is a very competitive
team. When you challenge them and give them a number, they really
go out and play hard and try to meet it."