Maya Moore scores 28 to lead Lynx past Phoenix 71-61


The Minnesota Lynx needed a big second-half rally to come from behind and beat the Phoenix Mercury 71-61 Sunday night at Target Center.

Maya Moore scored 28 points, while Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Lynx, the Associated Press reports.

Minnesota had a horrible first half. Players opened the game by making only two of their first 10 shots, and at one point in the second quarter they missed 11 straight while the Mercury - the defending WNBA champs - were red hot.

To make matters worse, guard Lindsay Whalen hurt her right leg late in the second quarter and limped off the court. She didn't return to the game.

But something must have been said during halftime, because the Lynx came out of the locker room and promptly went on a 10-2 run to open the third quarter, including a three-point play by Sylvia Fowles to give the Lynx their first lead of the game, 41-39.

Phoenix was ahead by two at the end of the third quarter, but Minnesota kept up the pressure and went up by 10 points on a jumper by Moore with 2:53 left in the game.

Renee Montgomery added 15 points for the Lynx, who are now 20-10 on the season.

Whalen is likely to sit out the last four games of the regular season but should be ready for the playoffs, head coach Cheryl Reeve said after the game. According to the Star Tribune, Reeve said Whalen has bursitis in her ankle and Achilles’ pain.

Phoenix was led by DeWanna Bonner with 15 points, Candice Dupree with 14 and Brittney Griner with 13. Griner also blocked nine shots, a season high for her and the most in the league this year, according to the AP.

The Lynx lead Phoenix (17-13) by three games in the Western Conference.

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