Sky 82

(1-2, 1-1 away)

Lynx 77

(0-4, 0-2 home)

    8:00 PM ET, May 25, 2007

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 19 16 30 1782
    MIN 15 16 20 2677

    Top Performers

    Chicago: C. Dupree 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Minnesota: S. Augustus 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Dupree dazzles as Sky edge Lynx for first win of season

    Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS -- After two subpar performances, Candice Dupree hopes she can build on her latest effort.

    Dupree matched her career high with 25 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 82-77 on Friday night for their first win of the year.

    Stacey Dales added 15 points and Armintie Price had 11 for the Sky (1-2), who lost their first two games by at least 12 points.

    Minnesota (0-4), which has lost its first four games for the first time in franchise history, was led by Seimone Augustus' 31 points, one off her career best. Nicole Ohlde had 18 points and Lindsey Harding added 16. Tiffany Stansbury, who was signed Friday in hopes of adding an interior presence for the Lynx, had 13 rebounds, two off the franchise record.

    Down by 14 points to start the final quarter, Minnesota rallied within two points before Ohlde and Stansbury both missed in close with 15 seconds to play. Chasity Melvin, acquired by the Sky in a trade with Washington on Thursday, hit two free throws to secure the win. She finished with five points and five rebounds.

    Chicago coach Bo Overton said Melvin's presence was enough in her first game with the team.

    "She's going to be able to score, but just being in there and rebounding and defended really helped us a lot. ... That really helped Candice," he said. "I thought it opened it up for her."

    Dupree scored 12 points at New York in the season opener, but had just four in Tuesday's loss to Los Angeles. "I think I was thinking too much, stressing too much, but a couple people told me to just go out and play," she said.

    The second-year player scored 13 points in a 21-6 run that gave the Sky a 56-40 lead midway through the third quarter. Showing her scoring range, she scored on a three-point play, a hook shot, three short jumpers and another jumper from just outside the free throw line.

    "She is as skilled as any post player in this league," Dales said. "We needed to get her the ball more, we need to continue getting her the ball."

    A 3-pointer by Jia Perkins put the Sky up 64-47 late in the quarter, their biggest lead of the game.

    Harding, the first overall pick in the 2007 draft, scored 10 of Minnesota's first 12 fourth-quarter points to get Minnesota within 71-63 with 6:09 to play.

    A 3-pointer by Augustus, two free throws by Ohlde and another Augustus jumper cut the Chicago lead to two with 46.9 seconds to play.

    "If we can play all four quarters the way we played the last quarter-and-a-half we can be a great team," Harding said.

    Chicago shot 53.6 percent from the field after entering the game last in the league at 35.8 percent.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Chicago Minnesota
    Points 82 77
    FG Made-Attempted 30-56 (.000) 25-69 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-11 (.455) 4-16 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-28 (.000) 17-18 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-27 13-25
    Assists 18 18
    Turnovers 16 13
    Steals 5 6
    Blocks 11 1
    Fast Break Points 8 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 21 (0/0)