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Associated Press, Published June 01 2013

Moore, Augustus pace Lynx to season-opening win

MINNEAPOLIS – Maya Moore scored 26 points and Seimone Augustus added 20 as the Minnesota Lynx opened the season with a 90-74 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Saturday night.

Moore and Augustus combined to shoot 20-for-32 from the floor for the Lynx (1-0), who shot 50 percent.

Minnesota, which lost in last season’s WNBA Finals to Indiana a year after winning the title, had little problem offensively against Connecticut.

Moore scored nine points during a 13-2 run to open the second quarter. Her 3-pointer with 5 minutes, 58 seconds to play in the first half gave Minnesota a 34-20 lead and the Lynx led by double digits the rest of the way.

Connecticut 18 21 20 15 – 74

Minnesota 21 31 26 12 – 90

CONNECTICUT (74): Greene 0-3 0-0 0, Griffin 1-4 4-6 6, Charles 11-26 0-0 22, Hightower 3-13 0-0 7, Lawson 6-15 5-5 22, White 2-5 0-0 5, Bass 0-0 0-0 0, Lacy 1-4 0-0 2, Walker 2-4 1-1 6, Faris 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 28-78 10-12 74.

MINNESOTA (90): M.Moore 11-19 2-2 26, Brunson 6-9 0-0 12, McCarville 0-0 0-0 0, Augustus 9-13 0-0 20, Whalen 2-8 5-8 9, Harris 3-5 0-0 6, Wright 3-6 2-4 9, Jarry 0-3 0-0 0, Peters 2-5 2-2 6, Rodgers 1-4 0-0 2, L.Moore 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 37-74 11-16 90.

3-Point Goals: Connecticut 8-18 (Lawson 5-10, White 1-2, Walker 1-2, Hightower 1-2, Faris 0-2), Minnesota 5-11 (Augustus 2-3, M.Moore 2-4, Wright 1-1, Jarry 0-1, Rodgers 0-2). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Connecticut 47 (Charles 10), Minnesota 47 (Peters, M.Moore 7). Assists: Connecticut 20 (Hightower, Lawson 4), Minnesota 24 (Wright, M.Moore 5). Total Fouls: Connecticut 15, Minnesota 12. A: 9,223 (9,181).