MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Seimone Augustus scored 22 points to lead four players in double-figures as the undefeated Minnesota Lynx beat the winless defending champion Phoenix Mercury 94-83 Saturday night.
Charde Houston had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Candice Wiggins had 17 points and 12 assists -- the first career double-doubles for both Lynx rookies. Vanessa Hayden-Johnson added points 10 to help the Lynx (4-0) extend the best start in franchise history.
Cappie Pondexter scored 31 points for the struggling Mercury (0-4). Diana Taurasi added 17 and Tangela Smith finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Earlier in the day, Augustus, Pondexter and Taurasi were among nine players announced for the U.S. women's team that will compete in the Beijing Olympics. Three more players will be selected at a later date.
Phoenix made it interesting in the fourth quarter, twice coming within one point on buckets by Pondexter. But Minnesota wasn't going to fold. Houston scored nine of her points in the fourth quarter and Wiggins added seven.
The outcome continues a dramatic turnaround for both clubs.
Last season, the Lynx went 10-24 and Phoenix won its first WNBA title. This year, the Mercury are playing without last year's second-leading scorer, Penny Taylor, who is training with the Australian women's team in preparation for the Olympics.
Phoenix had won eight of the past 10 meetings between the two teams, but went 3-for-20 on 3-pointers.
The Lynx also took advantage of 22 fouls by Mercury, shooting 33-for-40 on free throws.