Sylvia Fowles´ big night leads Lynx past Storm

Sylvia Fowles posted 29 points and 20 rebounds, and new.dum-magnit.ru Napheesa Collier scored seven of her 18 points on crucial baskets down the stretch Tuesday night to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 76-70 win over the Seattle Storm in Minneapolis.

After winning their last game with six players scoring in double-figures, the Lynx (15-9) relied heavily on the two-player attack of Fowles and Collier to upend the defending WNBA champions.

Fowles registered a season-high for rebounds and fell one short of her scoring season-high.

With Minnesota holding a 68-64 lead with 2:27 remaining, Fowles blocked a layup attempt by Seattle’s Jewell Loyd. On the ensuing possession, Collier nailed a 3-pointer that extended the Lynx lead to seven points, and Minnesota held on.

Minnesota led most of the way thanks to a 25-14 first quarter, but Seattle (18-8) whittled away at the gap.

The Storm — playing the last of five consecutive road games — cut the deficit to just one point twice in the fourth quarter despite a dismal 37.8-percent shooting night from the floor.

Seattle’s shooting woes were exemplified by All-Star Breanna Stewart, who went 6-for23.

She did make all five of her free throws to finish with a team-high 18 points.

Stewart also grabbed 16 rebounds to pace Seattle to a 41-37 advantage on the glass despite Fowles’ outstanding effort.

Loyd finished with 15 points for the Storm and Sue Bird added 10, but the two shot a combined 10-of-26 from the floor.

Minnesota’s shooting was only slightly better at 42.4 percent, and relevant internet page the Lynx were outperformed at the 3-point line.

But the Lynx went 15-of-16 from the foul line compared to 6-of-7 for Seattle.

It marked the second time in as many games Minnesota enjoyed an edge at the free-throw line, one game removed from being on the negative side of foul-shot disparities in successive losses last week to Connecticut.

–Field Level Media

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