MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Lynx haven’t lost a game in eight months, an amazing string that includes a WNBA championship and an unbeaten start in their title defense.
Given a fresh start to a new season though, Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve isn’t sure her team even knows what its current winning streak reaches. The Lynx won’t need to look back if they continue what they are doing in the present.
Maya Moore scored 19 points, shooting 5 for 7 on 3-pointers, and Minnesota kept rolling with an 84-71 victory over the Seattle Storm on Sunday.
The Lynx set a team record with their 10th straight win dating to last season, including a sweep of the WNBA finals. In starting 4-0 for the second time in team history, Minnesota has won seven consecutive regular-season games, just two off its nine-game streak last season.
“Ending the season the way we did was definitely a great feeling, but I don’t know if we’re necessarily looking back at last season,” Moore said. “We’re looking at it as momentum, but we’re not looking at it as we don’t have to work hard anymore. I mean, it’s a new year. We’re trying to start new runs.”
Seimone Augustus, the league’s second-leading scorer entering the day at 22 points per game, added 10 points and six assists. Monica Wright added 11 points and rookie Devereaux Peters, the third-overall pick in the draft, scored 10 for her first double-digit performance.
The versatile Lynx have done it every way since they last lost on Sept. 18 of last season against the San Antonio Silver Stars in the Western Conference semifinals. Sunday it was the defense leading the way. The league’s best shooting team held Seattle (0-3) to 37.9 percent shooting and created 17 turnovers.
Ann Wauters finished with 13 points for Seattle, which fell to 0-3 for the first time since its inaugural season in 2000. Sue Bird was held to seven points on 2-for-10 shooting, but did have nine assists.