LAS VEGAS – Their record was at or below .500 for most of the past month. Now the Lynx have a winning a record again, and they hope they can stay there.
Maya Moore scored 23 points and Sylvia Fowles added 20 points and 10 rebounds in helping the Lynx beat the Las Vegas Aces 88-73 on Sunday.
“It was a really gutsy win for us,” coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus added 11 points each for the Lynx (7-6), who won their fourth consecutive game. The Lynx started out the season 2-1 before losing four in a row, and they have been trying to climb out of that early-season hole ever since.
“I think we’re doing great right now,” Moore said. “We’re doing great as far as playing how we want to play on both sides of the ball. We just can’t shoot; we have to be able to make it hard for teams to play against us.”
Sunday at Mandalay Bay Events Center, the Lynx dominated in their first game ever against the Aces, who are in their first year in Las Vegas after relocating from San Antonio. The franchise began as the Utah Starzz in 1997.
“I was excited to come out here for the first time,” Moore said. “I think there was a lot of excitement in this city and with the hockey season going on for the Golden Knights with people getting excited to have something that they can call there own.”
Leading 39-33 at halftime, the Lynx outscored the Aces 32-20 in the third quarter, Minnesota’s season-high point total for any quarter. The Lynx have not trailed at any point in their past three games and trailed only 16 seconds in the first quarter of the first game of their winning streak, against New York on June 16.
Playing in her 250th career regular-season game, Moore made eight of 17 shots. It was her 110th career game of at least 20 points, passing Augustus for most in franchise history.
Fowles, who had her WNBA-leading 10th double- double of the season, shot 9-for-13 from the floor. The Lynx shot 38-for-69 (55.1 percent) overall.
Rebekkah Brunson scored 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting to go with six rebounds and three assists. She also helped shut down Aces rookie A’ja Wilson, who entered the game averaging 20.8 points. The former South Carolina standout was held to a season-low 10 points. Kayla McBride had 18 points and Kelsey Plum 15 for the Aces (5-10).
“Obviously, today we did a good job on Wilson,” Reeve said. “Rebekkah Brunson is probably the all-time greatest post defender. We hoped that was going to be a challenge that we put on Wilson and make her touches more difficult.”