Arlington, Texas – It took five game periods to decide as the Lynx, led by a Seimone Augustus fade-away jump shot, defeated the Dallas Wings in overtime Sunday, 98-97.
Maya Moore led all Minnesota scorers with 20 points and six assists. Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsey Whalen chipped in with 16 and 15, respectively. But the story of the game was Augustus, who also became the 16th player in WNBA history to surpass 5,000 career points.
“I think both teams had a lot of grit, lot of hustle,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “I think both teams wanted equally and both teams left if all out there. So I think it was a good showing for the fans.”
Despite a tightly-contested first half, the Lynx were able to open up the game slightly in the third quarter. After the Wings went scoreless for nearly five minutes, Minnesota was able to build a 15-point lead. However, a 25-10 run by Dallas in the fourth would help usher in the overtime period.
The Wings’ effort was led by Plenette Pierson, who had 21 points and went five for eight from behind the arc. Four of her teammates also notched double figures including Skylar Diggins, whose 18 points was complimented by nine assists.
The Lynx are now just one game and a half behind the Sparks. The Wings have now lost four in a row. The absence of top rebounder Glory Johnson, who is out for the next four to six weeks with a broken toe, is hurting Dallas.
“She has an unlimited amount of energy when going to the glass,” Pierson said. “The tenacious way she plays, attacks the basket and gets those rebounds is definitely missed.”
Arie Graham contributed to this report.