MINNEAPOLIS – In their first meeting of 2013, Seattle fell to host Minnesota Lynx 90-72 Sunday night at the Target Center.
Shekinna Stricklen poured in a game-high and new career-high 24 points on 10-17 shooting, including 4-8 from three-point range. Tina Thompson scored 12 points in her 12th double-digit scoring effort this season, and grabbed five rebounds. Camille Little added 10 points, pulling her within three points of her 2,000 career point milestone.
Minnesota was paced by point guard Lindsay Whalen’s 22 points and seven assists. Seimone Augustus chipped in with 18 points. Maya Moore had 16.
The Lynx took a 24-10 lead after the first quarter, but Seattle played Minnesota even in the second quarter, with both teams scoring 22. Minnesota ballooned their lead to 75-50 after three, with their largest lead of 31 points coming midway through the third. Seattle responded and cut the deficit to as little as 13, rattling off a 25-7 run from the 1:31 minute mark in the third to the 4:57 minute mark in the fourth. The Storm outscored the Lynx 22-15 in the final quarter but it was not enough to pull out the win.
Seattle continues the road swing in Phoenix on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m., which will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Storm returns home on Friday, Aug. 9 to take on San Antonio at 7 p.m.
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