NEWARK, N.J. - Minnesota got off to a slow start over the first 15 minutes against the New York Liberty. Then the Lynx showed why they're the defending champions. Seimone Augustus scored 22 points and the Lynx cruised to a 80-62 victory over the Liberty on Tuesday night.
Maya Moore had 15 points, Rebekkah Brunson scored 14 and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx (2-0).
"We just had to pick it up," Augustus said.
Even with the sluggish start, Minnesta shot 60 percent (18-for-30) from the field in the first half and finished at 52 percent (32-for-62).
Cappie Pondexter scored 15 points and Essence Carson had 13, and Kia Vaughn grabbed 11 rebounds for the Liberty (0-3).
Minnesota took control with a tiebreaking 17-4 run over the last 5 minutes of the second quarter and into the start of the third.
After trailing 46-33 early in the third quarter, Nicole Powell's three -- attempting a pass for an alley-oop that swished in the basket instead -- pulled the Liberty within eight with about 7 minutes remaining. However, the Lynx scored the next six points and took a 52-38 lead on Augustus' free throw.
The Liberty made a run and cut it to 58-50 on Pondexter's 3 with 20 seconds left in the third. But the Lynx came back with four points in the final 2 seconds of the quarter. The Liberty didn't get closer than 10 in the fourth quarter.
Despite the easy victory, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve still found something she didn't like in the stats -- the Liberty got 14 offensive rebounds.
"We're not where we want to be," she said. "Fourteen offensive rebounds is not the trademark of our team.