BY SPNW Staff 09:35PM 06/17/2012

Storm hang on to give Lynx first loss of season

Up by 17 in the first half, the Seattle Storm had another bad final quarter but this time survived to upset the Lynx, 65-62, Sunday night at KeyArena.

Tanisha Wright takes the baseline against the Minnesota Lynx Sunday night at KeyArena. / Neil Enns, Storm Photos

Another fourth-quarter collapse was underway, but two free throws by Tina Thompson with one second left helped the Storm hand defending champion Minnesota its first defeat of the season, 65-62, Sunday night at KeyArena.

Neither the Lynx (10-1) nor Storm (3-7) could do much in the final few minutes. The Storm, which led by as much as 17 ion the first half, was up 57-44 entering the final period but failed to score until 5:43 was left in the game — and that was a single free throw by Thompson.

The Storm’s first field goal of the final period, a three-pointer by Katie Smith, put the Storm up 61-57 with 3:05 left. A lay-in by Camille Little at 2:18 pushed Seattle’s lead to six, but Maya Moore, who led the Lynx with 14 points, cut the lead in half with a three with 2:02 remaining. At 1:05, she hit two free throws to drop Seattle’s lead to 63-62.

With three seconds remaining, Seattle’s Sue Bird missed a pair of free throws but Thompson grabbed the second rebound and was fouled by Rebekkah Brunson with a tick left. Thompson, who finished with 10 points off the bench, drained the freebies and Moore’s long trey missed at the buzzer.

Bird hit 8 of 15 shots, including 5 of 7 behind the arc, to lead the game with 21 points. Guard Tanisha Wright had 12 points and eight assists. The win was the Storm’s second in a row after losing four of five on the road, and it ended the Lynx’s undefeated streak, a record to start a WNBA season.


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