Minneapolis – Seimone Augustus erupted for 24 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx past the Washington Mystics, 101-81, in dominating fashion Tuesday in the first round of the WNBA semifinals.
Most Valuable Player candidate Sylvia Fowles and Renee Montgomery each added 18 points and Maya Moore, 14 in a dominating performance that saw the return of point guard Lindsay Whalen to the starting lineup. The Lynx struggled over the last month after Whalen had been forced to sit with a broken hand bone.
Elena Delle Donne scored 17 points for the Mystics and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, 16. Kristi Toliver, who led Washington past the New York Liberty with 32 points in Sunday’s second round, had just three points against Minnesota.
Minnesota shot 59 percent from the field and set a new playoff record for the franchise with 12 three-point shots, which helped balloon their lead to as much as 29 points in the third quarter.
The two teams face off in game two Thursday.