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Associated Press, Published September 28 2012

Whalen leads Lynx to playoff win

MINNEAPOLIS – Lindsay Whalen scored 20 points, Seimone Augustus had 19 and the defending champion Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 78-70 in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night.

Maya Moore added 16 points and Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Lynx. Whalen also had six assists and four rebounds.

Rookie reserve Shekinna Stricklen had 13 points to lead Seattle. Katie Smith and Lauren Jackson added 12 points each.

Game 2 is Sunday at Seattle.

Seattle 15 12 24 19 – 70

Minnesota 18 15 27 18 – 78

SEATTLE (70): Smith 4-9 2-4 12, Little 1-5 5-8 7, Jackson 5-12 1-2 12, T.Wright 2-10 1-2 5, Bird 3-8 0-0 8, Wauters 2-3 0-0 4, Stricklen 5-9 3-5 13, Thompson 3-7 1-2 9. Totals 25-63 13-23 70.

MINNESOTA (78): Moore 6-11 2-3 16, Brunson 3-6 6-8 12, McWilliams-Franklin 2-6 2-3 6, Augustus 7-15 4-4 19, Whalen 6-13 8-10 20, Wiggins 1-3 0-0 3, M.Wright 1-2 0-0 2, Peters 0-0 0-0 0, Adair 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Thorn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-56 22-28 78.

3-Point Goals_Seattle 7-24 (Bird 2-3, Smith 2-4, Thompson 2-5, Jackson 1-4, Wauters 0-1, Little 0-1, T.Wright 0-2, Stricklen 0-4), Minnesota 4-10 (Moore 2-6, Augustus 1-2, Wiggins 1-2). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Seattle 40 (Thompson, Stricklen 7), Minnesota 44 (Brunson 11). Assists_Seattle 19 (T.Wright 7), Minnesota 17 (Whalen 6). Total Fouls_Seattle 22, Minnesota 16. A_9,213 (9,181).