Lynx dispatch Storm to extend WNBA record start to 12-0
SEATTLE -- Maya Moore had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 96-84 Sunday night and extend their WNBA record for consecutive wins to open a season.
Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and Natasha Howard added a season-high 16 points also, on 7-of-7 shooting, for the Lynx (12-0), whose reserves outscored those of the Storm 38-10.
Minnesota will face the unbeaten Sparks on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Sue Bird hit back-to-back 3-pointers and then Alysha Clark converted a three-point play during a 9-2 spurt by Seattle that tied it early in the third quarter, but Minnesota scored nine straight to start a 29-8 run over the 10-plus minutes and led by double figures the rest of the way.
Seattle (4-9) made 10 of its first 13 field-goal attempts to open up a 22-12 lead before the Lynx caught fire. Minnesota, ranked No. 1 in the AP WNBA power poll, made 17 of its next 18 shots to take a 44-34 lead with 4:20 left in the half and never trailed again.
Breanna Stewart had 21 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-ranked Storm, which shot 35.6 percent (16 of 45) after the first quarter. Jewell Loyd added 16 points with seven assists and Sue Bird scored 14.