Stars 68

(12-19, 7-9 away)

Lynx 82

(10-21, 8-9 home)

    7:00 PM ET, August 6, 2006

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 17 11 16 2468
    MIN 21 27 15 1982

    Top Performers

    San Antonio: S. Young-Malcolm 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Minnesota: S. Augustus 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Augustus helps Lynx bring down Stars, end skid 

    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 deficit.

    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 aggressive."

    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."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      San Antonio Minnesota
    Points 68 82
    FG Made-Attempted 22-71 (.000) 34-69 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-13 (.154) 7-17 (.412)
    FT Made-Attempted 22-28 (.000) 7-13 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-37 9-46
    Assists 12 19
    Turnovers 8 14
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 3 1
    Fast Break Points 6 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 17 (0/0)