Augustus Scores 25 Points, Lynx Improve To 7-0
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Seimone Augustus had 25 points and the Minnesota Lynx remained unbeaten, holding off the San Antonio Stars 87-79 on Sunday.
Maya Moore had 18 points, Tan White added 17 and Lindsay Whalen had 11 points and 10 rebounds to help Minnesota (7-0) sweep the home-and-home series with San Antonio (3-4).
Jia Perkins scored 16 points, Becky Hammon added 15 points, Jayne Appel 11 and Danielle Robinson had 11 assists as the Stars suffered their first home loss.
Appel’s layup pulled San Antonio to 82-79 with a minute remaining, but White followed with an alley-oop layup 16 seconds later on Augustus’ assist to regain a five-point lead.
White gave Minnesota a 75-65 lead midway through the fourth, beaming after making her third 3 despite falling to the court. The basket led to a San Antonio timeout, screams of “Tan!” from teammates and a celebratory shoulder bump from Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve.
Both head coaches had angry exchanges with official Tiffany Bird earlier over calls as the game grew more physical. Appel was issued a technical foul with 21.7 left in the first half after arguing she did not push Devereaux Peters for a defensive rebound. Appel was angrier that no call was made on the previous possession when she and Peters got tangled up.
Hammon hit three 3s in the opening quarter, but missed her only attempt in the final three quarters. San Antonio had 24 assists on 29 field goals.
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