MINNEAPOLIS – Seimone Augustus and Candice Wiggins scored 16 points each as the Minnesota Lynx cruised to a 92-67 victory over the Seattle Storm on Friday night.
Maya Moore added 12 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 10 to help the Lynx (12-4) win their fifth straight and seventh in eight games.
Swin Cash scored 18 points to lead Seattle (9-8), but leading scorer Sue Bird was held to four points on 1-for-6 shooting.
Minnesota started on a 7-0 run, but Seattle came back. Cash hit two 3-pointers to get the Storm started and she scored 10 of the team’s 16 first-quarter points.
The Lynx went on a 33-12 run spanning the end of the first and start of the second to lead 46-26. Augustus scored eight points and Moore seven during the spurt.
The Storm came in with back-to-back wins against San Antonio and Phoenix – the teams ahead of them in the West – as they try to re-establish themselves as a factor even without three-time league MVP Lauren Jackson, who has played only five games this season.
But Seattle couldn’t get untracked against Minnesota’s swarming defense.
The Storm shot 42 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers, leading to 25 Lynx points.