These WNBA Finals are not for the feeble. Seimone Augustus and the Minnesota Lynx toughened up after a rare loss and a soft performance...
MINNEAPOLIS — These WNBA Finals are not for the feeble. Seimone Augustus and the Minnesota Lynx toughened up after a rare loss and a soft performance at home in the opener by wearing down the Indiana Fever.
Augustus scored 23 of her 27 points in the second half to help the Lynx surge past the Fever 83-71 on Wednesday night to even the best-of-five series at one game apiece.
“We’re going all out. We don’t want to look back on this situation and regret anything,” Augustus said.
Maya Moore pitched in 23 points and the defending-champion Lynx forced the Fever into 24 turnovers, 15 after halftime. Tamika Catchings led the way as usual with 27 points and eight rebounds, but the Fever’s defense faded after a dominant start that forced the Lynx to miss 11 of their first 14 shots.
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They let the Lynx score 29 points in the third quarter, which revved up the crowd.
The series now moves to Indiana. Game 3 is Friday.
• Connecticut’s Tina Charles was the leading vote-getter for the All-WNBA team, and Catchings earned her seventh first-team selection. Catchings tied Seattle’s Lauren Jackson and Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi for second place on the career list with seven selections to the first team. Former Los Angeles star Lisa Leslie had eight.
Also on the first team were the Sparks’ Candace Parker, New York’s Cappie Pondexter and Augustus.
The Lynx’s Moore and Lindsay Whalen were selected to the second team, along with Chicago’s Sylvia Fowles, Los Angeles’ Kristi Toliver and San Antonio’s Sophia Young.