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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Moore going to play in China in offseason

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: June 25, 2012 - 11:58 AM

Maya Moore is going to play in China this offseason.

She tweeted on Sunday night that she will be playing for the Shanxi Xing Rui Flame.

Shanxi is a province in north central China. The team is based in the capital and largest city, called Taiyan, which had a population of 4.3 million in 2010. It is an industrial city, iron, steel and coal are big business there, and it is bounded on three sides by mountains.

Its basketball fans, especially on the men's side, are known to be a bit rowdy. Stephon Marbury, who played for a rival team last season, allegedly got in a fight with one of them after a game.

In Moore's tweet she also said she hoped to win a WCBA title, which stands for Women's Chinese Basketball Association.

Last winter, her first as a pro, Moore played for Ros Casares in Valencia, Spain. Ros Casares won the Spanish League and EuroLeague titles but the team recently folded for financial reasons.

Shanxi in the native language means "mountains' west." Shanxi is west of the Taihany Mountains and shares a northern border with Mongolia.

 

 

 

 

* Moore will participate in a basketball clinic on Friday at Apple Valley Community Center.

 

SILVER STARS BEAT L.A.

Even on a day off, the Lynx opened up a bigger lead in the Western Conference.

San Antonio upset Los Angeles 91-71 on the road, dropped the Sparks to 10-4 and 2-1/2 games off the front-running Lynx (12-1).

Sophia Young had 20 points to lead S.A., which snapped a four-game losing streak. Four starters scored in double figure. Jayne Appel, the fifth, had nine points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Becky Hammon had 12 points and 10 assists.

Forward Shameka Christon had 16 points, most of them on four three-pointers.

The Sparks were 6-0 at home until this loss. They had beat Phoenix the night before without Candice Parker (sore knee) and Nneka Ogwumike sitting out a part of the game with an ankle injury.

Both played against the Silver Stars. Parker had 15 points and 15 rebounds, but she had a double-double by halftime with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Ogwumike also was not as effective as usual. She had 10 points on four of 12 shooting and five rebounds.

First-year L.A. coach Carol Ross was not happy, according to an AP story, she said her team's offense was anemic and its defense unenergized.

The Sparks had three players out with injuries on Saturday, so Ross did not have much of a bench. Sunday was better with Parker back, so L.A. was only two players short.

San Antonio shot 48.6 percent from the field and made eight of 18 shots from behind the arc.

The Sparks shot 38.7, 10 percent worse. Their free throw shooting was only slightly better at 44.4 percent (eight of 18).

 * The Lynx, at 12-1, have two more victories than any other WNBA team. Connecticut is 9-3, Chicago 7-3.

NEW YORK STAYS SLOPPY

The New York Liberty committed 24 turnovers in losing by 32 points to the Lynx on Thursday.

On Sunday at home, they topped that number with 26 miscues and the Liberty lost 74-64. Angel McCougtry, out the past two games with a knee problem, scored 23 points and Sancho Lyttle 19. The Dream scored 31 points off of turnovers.

Guard Leilani Mitchell had 16 points for New York while Kara Braxton had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Liberty's scoring leader Cappie Pondexter had a rough night. She scored only 12 points, making only four of 17 shots, and had seven turnovers.New York is in a 1-4 rut; the one win was in Atlanta when McCoughtry sat out.

But the Dream used a 20-2 run early in the third quarter to take control.

SEATTLE WINS FOURTH IN ROW

After a 1-7 start, Seattle has won four games in a row.

On Sunday, the Storm beat  Washington 72-55, holding the Mystics to 20 points in the first half.

Ann Wauters and Sue Bird each had 14 points for Seattle, the only team to beat the Lynx on Sunday of last week. Crystal Langhorne had 21 points for the Mystics (2-8) who shot only 34.9 percent. Seattle shot 56.2 percent.

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