Minnesota's inside-outside combination of Katie Smith and Nicole Ohlde was more than the host Connecticut Sun could handle.

Smith scored 27 points, tying her career best of six three-pointers. Ohlde, the 6-foot-5 rookie center, had a career-high five blocks in the Lynx's 68-52 victory last night.

It was the sixth straight win for the Lynx and that string included a three-point victory over the Sun on July 14 in Minnesota.

"We need to stay hungry and execute," Smith said. "It's tough in this league. We could easily lose five in a row."

It wasn't likely on this night. The Lynx opened an 18-point lead in the second half and the Sun never threatened.

The Sun shot a season-low 32 percent, with only Wendy Palmer reaching double figures with 10 points. The Sun's scoring leader, Nykesha Sales, was held to a season-low four points -- 11 below her average.

* STORM 59, FEVER 54: Seattle, at home, did not make many baskets in the second half, but Betty Lennox hit one at a key time. Lennox, who scored 15 points, made the go-ahead jumper with 15 seconds left to lift the Storm to its fourth straight victory. Lauren Jackson scored 25 for Seattle.

* MERCURY 71, MONARCHS 69: Rookie Diana Taurasi had 22 points and eight rebounds to help end Phoenix's eight-game losing streak to Sacramento.

Phoenix had not beaten Sacramento since June 2002, and had not won at Arco Arena since 1998.