Lindsay Whalen needs seven points on Tuesday against Phoenix to reach the 3,000-point milestone in her career. Lynx backcourt partner Seimone Augustus needs 21. You have to like their chances of both reaching it -- which would be a WNBA first for teammates in the same game -- against the Mercury.

Phoenix tries to outscore opponents, but is only 1-5 in its last six games. That Mercury slide started with a home loss to the Lynx and includes a second loss at Target Center.

Here is how the Lynx have done against Phoenix this year and Augustus' and Whalen's stats in those games:

July 13 at Target Center, Phoenix 112, Lynx 105

Seimone Augustus 22 pts., 9x17 on FGs, incl. 0x1 on threes, 4x4 on FTs

Lindsay Whalen 19 pts., 9x15 on FGs, 1x1 on threes, 0x1 on FT

July 20 at U.S. Airways Center, Lynx 106, Phoenix 98

Augustus 25 pts., 11x15 on FGs, 2x3 on threes, 1x2 on FTs

Whalen 16 pts., 7x12 on FGs, 1x2 on threes, 1x4 on FTs

Aug. 2 at Target Center, Lynx 90, Phoenix 73

Augustus 21 pts., 7x13 on FGs, 0x1 on threes, 7x10 on FTs

Whalen 11 pts., 4x11 on FGs, no threes attempted, 3x4 on FTs

REACHING 3,0000 TOGETHER

Only three pairs of WNBA teammates have reached 3,000 points in the same season.

None of those twosomes did it in the same game, although Taj McWilliams-Franklin, now the Lynx center at age 40, and the late Margo Dydek were close. They reached the same milestone only two days apart for Connecticut during the 2006 seasons.

The short list:

05/23/2006 CHA vs. LA Tangela Smith
07/27/2006 CHA at MIN Sheri Sam

08/11/2006 CT vs. IND Taj McWilliams-Franklin
08/13/2006 CT at DET Margo Dydek

07/17/2009 SEA at SAC Sue Bird
08/15/2009 SEA at ATL Swin Cash
 

The last player to reach the 3,000-point milestone was guard Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty on Aug. 1 of last season. She was the 34th player on that list.

Whalen and Augustus are the two closest to becoming the 35th and 36th. But four other WNBA are within 100 points of joining the club, including two Phoenix teammates:

Michelle Snow, Chicago, needs 55 points

Sophia Young, San Antonio, 68

Candice Dupree, Phoenix, 89

Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Phoenix, 97

Two players reached 3,000 in different WNBA games on the same day once. That was more than four years ago, on July 20, 2007.

The two were DeLisha Milton-Jones of Washington and Tamecka Dixon of since disbanded Houston. Milton-Jones, who now plays for Los Angeles, reached 3,000 in a 91-87 overtime victory over the Lynx. Those were the dark days in franchise history. The Lynx blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter in losing their eighth game in a row.

How things have changed.

ROAD WARRIOR

Whalen is especially playing well on the road,  During the Lynx' current five-game road winning streak -- a franchise record -- Whalen is averaging 20 points per game on  on 60.0 percent shooting, 4.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.60 steals.

Date Opponent           Min FG-A 3P-A FT-A Rb As St TO Bk Pts
---- -------------- ----- ----- ---- ---- -- -- -- -- -- ---
6/30 at Tulsa               25:53 9-14 0-0 3-4 4 5 1 2 0 21
7/15 at Indiana           30:37 4- 5 2-2 6-6 4 7 1 3 0 16
7/20 at Phoenix          32:09 7-12 1-2 1-4 3 8 2 2 0 16
7/31 at San Antonio   29:52 10-19 1-2 2-5 7 6 4 2 0 23
8/ 7 at Los Angeles    31:48 9-15 1-3 5-8 4 8 0 2 0 24 

UPDATE ON WINNING STREAKS

There have been 10 winning streaks in the 15-year history of the WNBA of 10  games or more. The Lynx are on the verge of cracking that short list.

Minnesota has won nine games in a row -- and 11 of 12 -- going into Tuesday's game at Phoenix. The Mercury are the last team to beat them on July 13.

10 longest WNBA winning streaks:

1.           18 -- Los Angeles 6/26/01-8/11/01
 

2.           15 -- Houston 6/27/98-7/30/98
 

3.           13 -- Seattle 6/18/10-7/30/10 (ended by Lynx at Target Center)
 

4. (tie)   12 -- Los Angeles 6/17/00-7/ 9/00 
 

              12 -- Los Angeles 7/14/00-8/ 8/00 
 

              12 -- Connecticut 7/16/06-8/ 9/06 
 

7.           11 -- Indiana 6/9/09-7/17/09


8. (tie)   10 -- Houston 6/23/00-7/12/00

              10 -- Houston 6/15/02-7/9/02

              10 -- New York 7/27/10-8/19/10

The Lynx's nine-game winning streak is tied for the sixth longest since Los Angeles won 18 games in a row during the 2001 season to set the WNBA record for consecutive wins.