It’s a new season, but the same Minnesota Lynx.
Seimone Augustus had a season-high 25 points as Minnesota held off the San Antonio Stars 87-79 in front of 5,089 fans at the AT&T Center on Sunday afternoon.
Maya Moore had 18 points, Tan White added 17 and Lindsay Whalen had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Lynx (7-0) swept the home-and-home weekend series from the Stars.
”That’s the poise of this team,” Augustus said. ”Just having the confidence to come in and know that we can make big plays down the stretch, mostly on the defensive end. Just trying to get the stop and get a rebound.”
Minnesota defeated San Antonio on Friday night after using a 33-point third quarter to grab the 88-72 win over the Stars.
”It was exactly the kind of game we thought it would be,” Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve said. ”We knew they have a veteran group, a great coach. (They were going to make) adjustments, we had to be ready for some stuff. Neither team handled things very well in the first half, defensively.”
Jia Perkins led the Stars with 16 points, Becky Hammon added 15 points, Jayne Appel chipped in 11 and Danielle Robinson had 11 assists.
San Antonio used a mini-run to come within three points at 82-79 with a minute remaining, but White followed with a layup to get their five-point lead back.
”They just have so many weapons,” Appel said. ”They are a force from everywhere. It is going to take having all five defenders on the same page moving around and helping each other out to beat them. They can score from any position.”
Both head coaches had angry words for official Tiffany Bird as the game got more physical. Appel was hit with a technical foul with 21.7 left in the first half after arguing she did not push Minnesota’s Devereaux Peters when going for a rebound. Appel was angrier that no call was made on the previous possession.
”Playing a team twice definitely puts a lot of passion in the game and a lot of battling back and forth,” Appel said. ”Emotions run high.”
The Stars are now 3-4 on the season and will return to the court on Thursday when they travel to New York to face Cappie Pondexter and the Liberty at 6 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.