WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The Lynx bench players scored a season-high 47 points — 29 more than their average this season — as Minnesota routed the New York Liberty 89-73 on Tuesday night.
Stephanie Talbot and Danielle Robinson led the Lynx reserves with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
The Lynx (13-12) shot 51.6% from the field. Especially efficient were three of their leading scorers. Odyssey Sims had 17 points, going 7-for-10 from the field, while Napheesa Collier, another starter, had 14 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Robinson was 5-for-7.
“It hasn’t been pretty this entire time,” Robinson said, “but I think we are clicking at the right moments, especially toward the end of the season.”
Rebecca Allen scored a career-high 28 points for the Liberty (8-16). The 6-2 Aussie made six of her seven three-point attempts.
Nobody else for New York had more than 11 points. Liberty center Tina Charles, one of the league’s top players, had seven points and seven rebounds.
The Lynx built a 16-point lead in the first half before the Liberty went on a 22-8 run, closing within 42-40 at halftime. Allen had a franchise-best 20 points for New York in the second quarter — two shy of the WNBA record for a quarter.
“She single-handedly got them back,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It was fun for the fans but not for us, trying to figure it out.”
The Lynx played better in the second half, scoring 47 points on 58.1% shooting and 13 assists, and had only three turnovers.
“We shared it well, we took shots when we were open, that’s key,” Reeve said.