Lynx win in OT
MINNEAPOLIS -- Katie Smith scored a season-high 28 points, including seven in overtime, leading the Minnesota Lynx over the Detroit Shock 85-80 tonight.
Smith hit a 3-pointer with 1:36 remaining that put the Lynx up 83-79. The Shock came no closer than three points thereafter. Smith sealed the victory with two free throws with 14.5 seconds remaining.
"We fought through it tonight," Smith said. "You could say that a lot of our losses got away from us. But tonight we made plays when we needed to."
The Lynx (6-8) trailed for much of the final minutes but tied it at 75 on Svetlana Abrosimova's driving layup with 38 seconds remaining in regulation.
Abrosimova finished with 21 points, and Tamika Williams had 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former Connecticut teammates scored the Lynx's final 14 points of regulation.
The Lynx led by 13 in the first half, but Detroit (1-14) went on a 19-6 run to tie it at 42 with 16:57 remaining. The Shock led 73-69 with 2:46 to play, but Abrosimova made a free throw and putback basket, then Williams added a free throw to make it 73-73.
Swin Cash led Detroit with 16 points and eight rebounds. The Shock had a 38-23 edge in rebounding, but committed 27 turnovers.
"They're really tough, because they send everybody to the boards," Williams said. "I can safely say that's the best one-win team I've ever played in my life."
Detroit won its first game of the season on Sunday after dropping its first 13.