PHOENIX -- Sylvia Fowles became the second-leading rebounder in WNBA history, and the Minnesota Lynx recovered from a 10-point, first-half deficit to record an 83-69 victory over the host Phoenix Mercury on Friday night, Sept. 6.
Fowles, who scored 11 points, collected 11 rebounds to raise her career total to 3,323. Fowles passed league legend Tamika Catchings, who had 3,316 over 15 seasons. The all-time leader is Rebekkah Brunson with 3,356.
Odyssey Sims had 22 points, nine assists and five rebounds to help Minnesota (18-15) extend its season-best winning streak to five games. Damiris Dantas scored 17 points, and Napheesa Collier added 14.
Brittney Griner had 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting and collected seven rebounds for Phoenix before being ejected for arguing with 2:51 left in the third quarter. Sophie Cunningham added 11 points and Leilani Mitchell had 10 for the Mercury (15-18), who lost their third consecutive contest.
The Lynx shot 52.5% from the field and were 6 of 15 from 3-point range.
The Mercury connected on 40.3% of their shots, including 7 of 19 from behind the arc.
Minnesota trailed by four at halfimte before outscoring Phoenix 29-9 in the third quarter.
Fowles' rebound and basket 50 seconds into the third quarter allowed her to move past Catchings into second place. The hoop was a part of nine straight points the Lynx scored to start the second half to take a 49-44 advantage.
After Griner momentarily halted the surge with a basket, Minnesota went on a 11-2 run with Sims draining a 3-pointer to make it 60-48 with 3:30 left.
Lexie Brown scored back-to-back baskets later in the period to increase the lead to 69-50 before Cunningham made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to bring her team within 16 entering the final stanza.
The Mercury crept within 13 points midway through the final quarter but were never able to get within single digits.
Griner had 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the first half to help the Mercury take a 44-40 lead into the break.
Phoenix led 22-18 after the opening quarter and expanded its lead to 36-26 on DeWanna Bonner's 3-pointer with 5:20 left in the second. The Mercury led by nine after Griner's basket with 3:43 left before Minnesota closed the half with a 9-4 push.