Lynx standout Seimone Augustus, front, conferred with teammate Jessica Adair during a timeout Wednesday night in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals.

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Lynx and Dream set marks; Taj sprains her knee

  • Article by: ROMAN AUGUSTOVIZ
  • Star Tribune
  • October 6, 2011 - 12:19 AM

Offensive records aplenty fell on Wednesday as the Lynx beat Atlanta 101-95 at Target Center to take a 2-0 lead in the WNBA Finals.

The Dream's Angel McCoughtry scored 38 points to break her own single-game scoring record of 35 points, set last year against Seattle. Seimone Augustus scored 36 for the second-highest Finals total.

Other Finals records set:

• McCoughtry and Augustus are the only players on opposing teams to score 30 points or more.

• McCoughtry's 21 free-throw attempt broke the record of 18 set by Phoenix's Penny Taylor in 2007.

• The Lynx's 38 free throws made and 46 attempted are both records. Detroit made 35 free throws in 2007; Houston attempted 42 in 1999.

• Atlanta's 58 points in the first half broke the record of 56 by Phoenix against Indiana in 2009.

McWilliams-Franklin hurt

Lynx veteran center Taj McWilliams-Franklin sprained her right knee in a collision with teammate Monica Wright.

McWilliams-Franklin waved her right hand, signaling she was OK, as she slowly got up and went to the other side of the court. But she left the game shortly afterward and did not return.

McWilliams, 40, played 25-plus minutes. She had 10 points.

"Hopefully, she will be OK," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. "We're banged up. Seimone has been struggling [swollen left knee] and Rebekkah Brunson has been struggling and you add Taj to the mix. We have to win one more game."

Happy with the status quo

While the NBA's season remains in jeopardy, WNBA president Laurel Richie said her league is stable.

"I have spoken with all of our owners across 12 teams," she said. "All of those teams will be back with us again next year and back with us in the cities that they are currently in, which I think is great news for the league."

After the 2009 season, the WNBA

was shaken by two developments: The Sacramento franchise folded and Detroit moved to Tulsa.

Richie does expect the league's 2012 schedule to be readjusted. The season probably will start earlier and continue longer, so the league can take a midsummer break during the Olympics.

Overseas connection

Lynx guard Candice Wiggins played on the same overseas team in Spain as 6-5 Atlanta center Erika de Souza in 2008-09.

De Souza was back in the Dream lineup on Wednesday for Game 2 of the WNBA Finals after missing the first game to play for Brazil in an Olympic-qualifying tournament in Colombia.

"[De Souza] is like a Brazilian Sylva Fowles," Wiggins said, referring to the Chicago Sky's center. "She is just so dominant on the inside. Just powerful, dynamic.

"She doesn't speak any English ... but it is very simple playing with her."


• Lindsay Whalen earned $10,000 for making the All-WNBA first team Tuesday. Augustus will get $5,000 for making the second team.

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