Minneapolis, Minn.– In the 20-year history of the WNBA, no team has ever started the season 11-0. That changed Tuesday night as the Lynx defeated the Indiana Fever 87-63, surpassing their own 2012 record.
The rematch of the two 2015 Finals teams began close, but soon became a game of runs for Minnesota. With the score tied at 7, the Lynx proceeded to go on a 10-0 run before the Fever finally scored on a Lynetta Kizer put back layup with 2:39 remaining in the first period. But Minnesota, staring at the history books, were not going to be denied at home. Once Indiana narrowed the lead to eight, the defending champs went on a 14-0 run to balloon their lead to 43-21. They never looked back.
Maya Moore lead five Lynx players in double figures with 16 points with 8 rebounds. Jia Perkins added 11 off the bench, to go along with 2 steals. With those steals, Perkins’ career total now stands at 581, and she surpassed former Minnesota great Taj McWilliams-Franklin for sixth place on the all-time list.
The first quarter struggles continued for the Fever ,as they now fall to 4-7. Erlana Larkins scored a team high 12 points, with rookie Tiffany Mitchell adding 11.
The Lynx hit the road next, playing the Seattle Storm on Sunday before facing the also unbeaten Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday.