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July 2, 2008 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Minnesota Lynx News Release

NEXT LYNX GAME

LYNX VS SPARKS - THURSDAY, JULY 3 - 7 PM - STAPLES CENTER - BOBFM106

The Lynx will begin a two-game west-coast swing when they take on the Los Angeles Sparks this Thursday night at the Staples Center. The two teams met in the preseason when the Spark handed the Lynx a 106-105 double-overtime defeat in Grand Forks, ND. Navonda Moore posted a game-high 21 points for the Lynx. This Thursday will mark this season's first regular season match up between the two teams. The Sparks currently sit atop the Western Conference at 11-4 and have gotten a huge lift from rookie sensation Candice Parker. Parker is averaging a team-high 17.1 points per game in her first year out of Tennessee. Last season, the Lynx split the season-series with the Sparks, winning both games at Target Center. Then Lynx forward Kristen Maan fueled the Lynx to their first victory over the Sparks last season by scoring 16 points back on June 16, while Seimone Augustus and Svetlana Abrosimova teamed up to score 23 points a piece to secure a Lynx victory last July 27th. Los Angeles owns the overall series advantage over the Lynx 24-7, including a 13-2 record at Staples Center. Thursday night's game will be broadcasted on the radio home of the Lynx, BOB FM 106 with Alan Horton on the play-by-play.

Ace vs. Ice

Thursday's matchup in Los Angeles vs. the Sparks will pit the WNBA's top two rookies against each other for the first time as professionals. Los Angeles' Candace Parker has lived up to the hype thus far, tallying the first quad-five game in WNBA history May 29 vs. Indiana (16 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and five steals). Parker sits atop the rookie leaderboard in points (17.2), rebounds (9.4 rpg), assists (3.9 apg), minutes played (33.6 mpg) and three-point field goal accuracy (50%). Minnesota's Candice, Candice Wiggins leads a trio of rookies that have contributed to the early season success of the Lynx. Wiggins' numbers rival Parker's; Wiggins is second among rookies in scoring at 17.1 ppg, seventh in rookie-rebounding (3.7 rpg), second in assists (3.7 apg), third in steals (1.94 spg) and second in minutes per game (29.6 mpg).

YOUTH SPORTS SPECIAL

Kids can wear their favorite jerseys to a Lynx game and receive $5 tickets. Fans can get $10 tickets for only $5 at every Wednesday and Thursday Lynx home game. The next Youth Sports Special night is next Wednesday, July 9 when the Lynx take on the Atlanta Dream.

THE HORTON REPORT

Alan Horton is in his second year covering the WNBA and his first as the Minnesota Lynx's play-by-play broadcaster on BOB 106 FM. In addition to calling every Lynx game, Alan shares his perspective on the WNBA and gives fans his take on the Lynx throughout the 2008 season.

Go to http://thehortonreport.blogspot.com/ to read more.

LYNX LEADERBOARD

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

Field Goal %

Augustus

18.6

Anosike

6.3

Wiggins

3.7

Anosike

2.3

Anosike

1.3

Hayden-Johnson

56%

Wiggins

17.1

Augustus

4.2

Augustus

3.3

Wiggins

1.9

Ohlde

0.8

Augustus

48%

Anosike

8.5

Houston

4

Quinn

2.4

Augustus

1.1

Augustus

0.5

Houston

47%

TUESDAY'S LYNX GAME

LYNX STUMBLE AT HOME

LYNX 71, SKY 73

Candice Dupree tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Jia Perkins hit the tie-breaking 3-pointer as Chicago eked out a 73-71 victory over the Lynx on Tuesday night at Target Center. The Sky took their biggest lead of the contest when K.B. Sharp's jumper made it 24-16 with 1:59 left in the first quarter, but Lindsey Harding capped an 11-0 burst that gave Minnesota a 30-25 advantage early in the second. Dupree keyed Chicago's comeback, but Candice Wiggins beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer to put the Lynx on top 46-43. The teams combined for just 16 third-quarter points, with the Sky taking a 53-52 lead into the fourth, but Seimone Augustus' runner opened a four-point cushion for Minnesota with 5:09 to play. Dupree tied it on three separate occasions before Perkins' trey put Chicago in front to stay at 70-67 with 1:22 left. Wiggins' layup was answered by Dupree, and Minnesota's hopes to force overtime were quashed when Brooke Wyckoff blocked Augustus as time expired. Perkins finished with 20 points and Chasity Melvin grabbed 11 boards for the Sky. Wiggins led Minnesota with 17 points, while Vanessa Hayden-Johnson and Charde Houston tallied 13 each.

LYNX UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Location

Time (CST)

Radio

TV

Thursday, July 3

Los Angeles Sparks

Staples Center

9:30 PM

BOB FM 106

None

Saturday, July 5

Seattle Storm

KeyArena

9:00 PM

BOB FM 106

None

Wednesday, July 9

Atlanta Dream

Target Center

7:00 PM

BOB FM 106

NBA TV

Saturday, July 12

Houston Comets

Target Center

7:00 PM

BOB FM 106

FSN North

Thursday, July 17

Houston Comets

Toyota Center

11:00 AM

BOB FM 106

None

LYNX TICKET INFO

Tickets for Wednesday's home game vs. Atlanta can be purchased online at www.lynxbasketball.com or by calling 612-673-8400 or at the Target Center Box Office.

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