San Antonio – Four starters scored in double figures as the Lynx, as usual, beat the San Antonio Stars, this time 74-59 on Friday night at the Freeman Coliseum.
Guard Seimone Augustus led Minnesota (5-1) with 18 points, including eight in the opening quarter, when she made all four of her shots.
But then, everybody on the visiting team was making baskets. The Lynx shot 55.4 percent, and the Stars, who came in as the worst team in the league in field goal percentage at 36.6, couldn't even match that lowly stat.
Augustus, a streaky shooter at times, finished 9-for-12 from the field. She was coming off a season-high 20 points Tuesday in a comeback road victory over the Los Angeles Sparks. The Lynx shot 69 percent in the second half of that game, and their shots kept falling in this one.
Maya Moore had 14 points for the Lynx, who ended a three-game road trip that started with a loss Sunday at Phoenix on a positive note. Rebekkah Brunson and Asjha Jones had 12 points apiece. Brunson also had nine rebounds and five blocks, both game highs.
Point guard Lindsay Whalen, though, had a rare off night. She had just six points. More peculiar still were her ballhandling struggles: zero assists and six turnovers.
The Lynx led 42-32 at halftime and increased their lead to 15 points (60-45) going into the fourth quarter.
With the score one-sided, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve gave her bench more playing time in the second half. Even Monica Wright, one of the league's top reserves who has been out with a calf injury all season, got into the game. She had five points in 11 minutes.
Damiris Dantas had seven points and three rebounds, playing as many minutes (19) as Jones did.
Guard Jia Perkins had 16 points to lead the Stars, who at 0-5 are off to their worst start since 2005. They are 3-18 against the Lynx in their past 21 regular-season encounters.
San Antonio shot 35.5 percent from the field. Of course, going 3-for-15 on three-point attempts drops a team's shooting percentage quickly.
They Lynx play eight of their next 12 games at home.
• The starting time and broadcast details for the June 27 game between Phoenix and the Lynx at Target Center have been changed. The game will start at 8 p.m. and be on ESPN2.
• Lynx guard Tricia Liston didn't play because of a back injury.