Lynx hold off Seattle Storm 78-70 behind Collier’s double-double

Aug 18, 2023, 11:03 PM | Updated: Aug 19, 2023, 10:10 am

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Napheesa Collier of the Minnesota Lynx shoots against the Seattle Storm on June 29, 2023. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (AP) — Napheesa Collier had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Kayla McBride added 21 points and the Minnesota Lynx held off the Seattle Storm 78-70 on Friday night.

Minnesota Lynx 78, Seattle Storm 70: Box score

Collier scored 17 points in the first half and McBride added 10 to help Minnesota build a 46-39 lead. McBride’s fast-break layup extended Minnesota’s lead to 52-41 early in the third quarter. McBride also made a step-back 3-pointer to make it 67-52 with 7:18 left in the fourth.

Minnesota was called for a flagrant foul with 59.1 seconds remaining and Seattle guard Sami Whitcomb made two free throws to get to 75-68. Seattle star Jewell Loyd tried to make it a five-point possession but her contested 3-pointer didn’t hit the rim.

Tiffany Mitchell scored 14 points for Minnesota (15-16).

Whitcomb finished with 23 points and five 3-pointers for Seattle (9-22). Loyd, the WNBA’s scoring leader at 24.1 points per game, made just 5 of 19 shots for 15 points. Ezi Magbegor scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half.

Minnesota hosts Seattle on Sunday before playing two straight games against the Dallas Wings.

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