Tonya Edwards scored a season-high 23 points and the Minnesota Lynx set a WNBA record with 14 three-pointers last night in a 72-62 victory over the Utah Starzz in Salt Lake City.
Edwards's three-pointer with just under seven minutes remaining gave the expansion Lynx (4-2) the lead for good, 58-56. They outscored Utah 21-6 over the final 9 minutes 11 seconds.
The old record was 12 threes, set twice by Houston in 1997. The Lynx took 28 attempts, two shy of another Houston record set in a double-overtime game last season.
Sonja Tate added 12 points for Minnesota, while Katie Smith had 11 and Brandy Reed 10.
The Starzz (2-4) trailed 35-34 at halftime, but opened the second half with a 6-0 run and twice took a seven-point lead.
Utah was led by 7-foot-2 center Margo Dydek, who scored 19 points and had eight rebounds, while Natalie Williams added 17 points and seven rebounds.
Utah had a 33-26 rebounding edge.
SPARKS 76, MONARCHS 73: DeLisha Milton had 20 points and nine rebounds as visiting Los Angeles held off Sacramento.
Lisa Leslie and Ukari Figgs combined to score the last seven points for Los Angeles (4-4), which had lost four of five. Figgs, who made two free throws over the final 23 seconds to seal the victory, had 15 points. Mwadi Mabika also had 15 points, while Leslie finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
Center Yolanda Griffith had 25 points and 15 rebounds for Sacramento, while Kedra Holland-Corn had 13 points and Ticha Penicheiro added 11 points and nine assists.
After the Monarchs ran off six straight points to take a 71-69 lead, Los Angeles responded. Figgs made two free throws and Leslie converted a left-handed shot from close range and added a free throw, putting the Sparks ahead 74-71 with 34 seconds left.
The Monarchs (5-3) missed two three-point attempts in the closing seconds in losing for the first time this season in five home games.
MERCURY 66, SHOCK 60: Jennifer Gillom had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Phoenix over Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil, who returned after injuring her knee in the first half, added 14 points for Phoenix, while Marlies Askamp had 11.
Reserve rookie Dominique Canty led Detroit (4-4) with 16 points, while Sandy Brondello had 13 points and Carla Porter 11.
Detroit played without guard Jennifer Azzi, who missed her second straight game with a strained left quadriceps.
Phoenix (3-4) led 37-32 at halftime, then started the second half with a 6-0 run, holding the Shock scoreless for nearly five minutes.