Lindsay Whalen scores 17 points as Lynx take down the Fever 78-69


INDIANAPOLIS — Lindsay Whalen scored 17 points, Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson each had 16 points and 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 78-69 in the WNBA on Saturday.

The Lynx (2-0) never trailed after the opening minutes but needed a 6-0 run late in the fourth quarter to surge to a 68-59 lead with 2:58 left.

Seimone Augustus added 11 points for Minnesota, which scored 13 straight in a run spanning both halves to take a 40-27 lead.

Indiana (0-2) cut it to 60-57 on Shenise Johnson’s 3-pointer with 7:09 left in the fourth quarter, but would get no closer.

Marissa Coleman led the Fever with 16 points, Johnson added 15, Natalie Achonwa had 14 and Briann January 11.

The Fever had a better night shooting from the field, but the Lynx had a 26-9 edge in points scored from the foul line.

Kara Lawson hit a 14-foot jumper with 42 seconds left to give Washington the lead and added two free throws in the Mystics’ 67-62 victory over the New York Liberty in their home opener.

Emma Meeseman finished with 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mystics (2-0) , making all four of her shots from the line, including a clutch pair in the final minute to extend Washington’s lead to four. Ivory Latta added 10 points, and Lawson �X who had just two made field goals in the game, both in the final two minutes �X finished with eight.

New York, which won its home opener Friday night, got 18 points and eight rebounds from Tina Charles. Carolyn Swords added 11 points off the Liberty bench, and Tanisha Wright had 10 points, going 6 for 6 from the line.

Odyssey Sims scored 23 points and had five assists to lead the Tulsa Shock over the Chicago Sky 101-93.

Skylar Diggins finished with 20 points and eight assists.

Elena Delle Donne scored 40 points for Chicago (1-1), hitting 13 of 24 shots from the field and going 11 for 11 from the line. Cappie Pondexter finished with 26 points.

Elsewhere, Renee Montgomery scored 19 points and Crystal Langhorne had 18 to help the Seattle Storm beat the Los Angeles Sparks 86-61 in the season opener for both teams.