MINNEAPOLIS -- Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx snapped the visiting Connecticut Sun's seven-game winning streak with a resounding 89-57 victory on Friday night, Aug. 9, in Minneapolis.
Danielle Robinson and Stephanie Talbot each scored 14 for the Lynx (12-11), who had six players in double-figure points, shot 53.7 percent and matched a season-high with nine 3-pointers on 18 attempts. Odyssey Sims added 12 points as Minnesota used a 17-0 first-half run to help record back-to-back victories for the first time since winning three straight from July 2-10.
The Lynx, who never trailed, made their first five 3-pointers and had a hand in forcing 17 of the Sun's 20 total turnovers over the first two quarters.
Connecticut (16-7) entered with the league's best record and riding its second seven-game winning streak of the season. Bria Holmes had 10 points to lead the Sun, who missed eight of their first nine 3-point attempts en route to shooting 30.9 percent from the field and 5 of 23 from beyond the arc while totaling a season low for points.
Damiris Dantas hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight of her 11 points in the first quarter as Minnesota took advantage of six Connecticut turnovers to take a 24-14 lead after one. Things only got better in the second quarter for the Lynx, who scored the first 12 points to lead 36-14 before Holmes knocked down a 3 with 5:54 left in the half. Fowles and Dantas combined for 24 points as the Lynx led 54-25 at the break.
A combination of Minnesota's tight defense and some overall carelessness played into the Sun's inability early to keep possession of the basketball as they fell to 5-6 on the road. The Lynx pushed the lead to 38 with just over 4 minutes left in the third as Napheesa Collier (10 points) and Sims helped make sure the Sun did not have a chance to mount any type of rally.