Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Lynx, behind Moore's big third quarter, smash Tulsa for 9-0 start

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: June 9, 2012 - 11:19 PM

Maya Moore scored 14 points in the third quarter, nine of them on three-pointers, as the Lynx asserted themselves and pulled away to a 93-73 victory over the winless Shock in Tulsa.

The Lynx (9-0) led 44-42 at halftime but, when the third quarter ended, they were up by 70-58. Moore finished with 26 points after making nine of 19 shots. She was five of eight shooting from behind the three-point  arc.

Also in double digits for the Lynx were Monica Wright with 18 points. She started in place of Seimone Augustus (strained right quadriceps). Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Candice Wiggins with 11 apiece.

The Lynx shot 56.7 percent, the eighth time in nine games they have been at or above 50 percent.

Tulsa shot 39.3 percent. The Shock are 0-8 this season.

The Lynx's 9-0 start ties the WNBA record for most wins at the start of a season. Los Angeles was 9-0 in 2001 and '03.

Going back to last year's playoffs, the Lynx have now won 15 games in a row. Tulsa has lost 14 in a row counting an 0-6 finish last season.

The Lynx now have five days without a game before they play at Phoenix on Friday. 

Less than a month into the season, the Lynx have played slightly more than a quarter of their 34-game season and have a two-game lead over second-place Los Angeles (6-1) in the West and lead the other four teams by 5 to 8.5 games.

SEATTLE SINKING

San Antonio beat visiting Seattle 80-67, dropping the 2010 WNBA champions to 1-6. 

Five players scored in double figures for the Silver Stars, including three reserves. Danielle Adams had a team-high 13 points in 12 minutes. Ziomara had 12 points and rookie Shenise Johnson 10 off the bench.

San Antonio shot 46.8 percent, the Storm 36.4. Rookie Shekinna Stricklen led Seattle with 14 points. Sue Bird, the Storm's veteran point guard, was one for 13 from the field and had five points. After the game, Storm coach Brian Agler said he might have to really analyze how the team is doing things.

 

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