The Minnesota Lynx haven’t won consecutive games since opening the season with seven straight victories.
That could change Sunday night at home against the Indiana Fever, a team the defending WNBA champions have dominated during recent regular-season matchups.
The Lynx (10-4) have won the last five regular-season meetings with the Fever (6-5), but they’re just 3-4 since their impressive season-opening run.
After dropping three of their previous four, they got back on track with a strong defensive showing in Friday’s 75-65 home win over Washington, holding the Mystics to 35.9 percent shooting.
Still, they’re feeling bogged down as they head into their sixth game in 10 days.
"We’ve got a tired group," coach Cheryl Reeve said. "We feel like we’re running in mud and we told them we just got to keep fighting and get through it."
Maya Moore led all scorers with 20 points, and while that’s a run-of-the-mill scoring line for the 2013 WNBA Finals MVP, she also had 10 rebounds and a season-high seven assists in one of her most complete games of the season.
But it was Seimone Augustus’ 19-point effort on 9-of-14 shooting while playing through left knee bursitis that the team recognized most.
"She’s a leader – she leads by example," Moore told the team’s official website. "And she’s had to do that several times. She just .. sets the way as far as how you carry yourself. You may be struggling but when she does things like that it fires everybody else up."
Augustus missed the team’s previous contest as she dealt with the injury but is still scoring 18.2 points per game, her highest total since averaging 21.0 in 2009.
Indiana, likely also experiencing some wear as it concludes a stretch of five of six on the road, has gone in a more positive direction lately with wins in six of eight after opening with three straight losses.
The team had to rent cars and drive from Connecticut to Chicago on Thursday after its flight was canceled, though the Fever still managed a 83-75 win over the Sky on Friday with five players scoring at least 12 points.
"How you deal with adversity off the court can really influence how you handle it on the court," said coach Lin Dunn, whose team went 28 of 35 from the foul line. "Our players handled it as well as we could in that tough situation. We got tougher just dealing with our travel."
Reserve Karima Christmas led the way with a season-high 14 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
The Lynx won the Fever’s last visit to Minnesota 84-77 with Moore pouring in 35 points on 15-of-21 shooting.