Lindsay Whalen scores 17 points, Lynx beat Fever 78-69
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Lindsay Whalen scored 17 points, Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson each had 16 points and 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 78-69 on Saturday night.
The Lynx (2-0) never trailed after the opening minutes but needed a 6-0 run late in the fourth quarter to surge to a 68-59 lead with 2:58 left.
Seimone Augustus added 11 points for Minnesota, which scored 13 straight in a run spanning both halves to take a 40-27 lead.
Indiana (0-2) cut it to 60-57 on Shenise Johnson's 3-pointer with 7:09 left in the fourth quarter, but would get no closer.
Marissa Coleman led the Fever with 16 points, Johnson added 15, Natalie Achonwa had 14 and Briann January 11.
The Fever had a better night shooting from the field, but the Lynx had a 26-9 edge in points scored from the foul line.