New York – Maya Moore scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half to lead the balanced Lynx to a 90-71 victory over the New York Liberty.
All five of the Lynx starters were in double figures, with Lindsay Whalen and Sylvia Fowles each scoring 12 points. Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson each had 11 points. Brunson also had four rebounds, leaving her one short of becoming the fifth WNBA player with 3,000 for her career. This was her 400th game.
“When everyone gets involved and we have that balanced scoring it’s a great thing for us,” said Moore, who also had a game-high 11 rebounds. “We always feel better when we can play to our potential.”
New York (1-1) led 45-43 before Minnesota scored 17 of the next 19 points to go up 60-47 midway through the third quarter. Whalen had the final six points during that game-changing burst.
The Lynx (2-0) were up 14 early in the fourth quarter before Brittany Boyd sparked a Liberty run. New York’s point guard scored four straight points to start a 7-0 run. Rebecca Allen capped it with a three-pointer to make it 74-67, but that’s as close as New York could get.
Boyd twisted her left ankle midway through the final period, leaving the court. She finished with 16 points. Sugar Rodgers, a former Lynx guard, led the Liberty with 20.
Tina Charles, the WNBA’s leading scorer last season when she averaged 21.5 points, was held to just six points, going without a basket in the first half. She has been sick the past few days and was just 2-for-9 from the field. Guard Epiphanny Prince also struggled, making one of 10 shots; she had four points.
New York scored the first eight points of the game before Minnesota went on a 22-6 run to take an early advantage. The Lynx led 43-40 at the half.
The Lynx shot 45.7 percent overall and almost as well on threes (9-for-21, 42.9 percent). The Liberty shot 35.3 percent. Minnesota also had a 37-33 edge in rebounds, and had more assists, 20-14.
Minnesota’s bench outscored the Liberty 28-17, led by Renee Montgomery and Natasha Howard with seven points apiece.