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Lynx win, earn spot in WNBA semifinals

August 27, 2017

SAN ANTONIO — Maya Moore scored 24 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the San Antonio Stars 89-70 on Friday night to secure a spot in the semifinals of the playoffs.

Moore made 7 of 8 shots in the first half and scored 18 points to help Minnesota build a 46-37 lead.

San Antonio started the fourth quarter on an 8-1 run to get within 11 points, but Minnesota scored the next 10 points to regain control.

Sylvia Fowles had 11 points and 10 rebounds for her 17th double-double for Minnesota (24-6). Natasha Howard added 11 points and nine rebounds.

First-place Minnesota holds a 1 1/2-game lead over Los Angeles, which plays at the Lynx on Sunday.

Kayla Alexander and Kayla McBride each scored 15 points for San Antonio (7-25). The Stars were 3 of 19 from 3-point range and shot 39 percent overall.

The start time was moved up an hour because of the incoming Hurricane Harvey.

LYNX 89, STARS 70

MINNESOTA (89)

Augustus 4-7 0-0 8, Fowles 5-11 1-2 11, Moore 10-15 2-3 24, Pierson 4-5 2-2 10, R.Montgomery 4-9 0-0 9, Fagbenle 2-2 2-2 6, Howard 5-8 1-3 11, Jones 0-2 0-0 0, Perkins 3-8 4-4 10. Totals 37-67 12-16 89.

SAN ANTONIO (70)

A.Montgomery 2-4 0-0 4, Alexander 6-7 3-4 15, Harrison 2-6 1-2 5, McBride 6-18 2-2 15, Plum 4-17 2-2 11, Burdick 4-5 0-0 8, Coffey 0-0 0-0 0, Colson 1-6 1-1 3, Hamby 1-4 0-0 2, Holmes 2-4 2-2 7, Murphy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-71 11-13 70.

Minnesota 15 31 20 23—89

San Antonio 23 14 11 22—70

3-Point Goals — Minnesota 3-11 (Moore 2-4, R.Montgomery 1-5, Perkins 0-1, Augustus 0-1), San Antonio 3-19 (Holmes 1-2, McBride 1-5, Plum 1-9, Burdick 0-1, A.Montgomery 0-2). Fouled Out — None. Rebounds — Minnesota 37 (Fowles 10), San Antonio 33 (A.Montgomery 10). Assists — Minnesota 24 (R.Montgomery 8), San Antonio 17 (Plum 6). Total Fouls — Minnesota 16, San Antonio 17.