Storm lose as Lynx clinch tie for West title

The Associated PressSeptember 8, 2013 

SEATTLE — Rebekkah Brunson scored 19 points to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm, 75-60, on Saturday night, clinching at least a tie for the Western Conference title.

Tanisha Wright scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half for Seattle (15-16). Shekinna Stricklen added 12 points.

Minnesota can secure its third straight conference title outright with its next win or loss by second-place Los Angeles. The Storm host the Lynx here again Tuesday night and then head to Tulsa on Thursday.

Seimone Augustus had 14 points, Maya Moore added 11 and Lindsay Whalen 10 to lead the Lynx (24-7) to their sixth straight win.

The Storm, which is assured of a postseason spot, can catch Phoenix for the No. 3 seed, but now trails the Mercury (16-13) by two games with three left.

The Lynx used a 10-0 run in the first quarter to turn a two-point deficit to a 19-11 lead. They extended the advantage to 34-16 in the second quarter.

However, Seattle closed the first half with a 17-6 run over the final 6 minutes to pull to 40-33 at halftime.

Minnesota pushed the lead back to 15 by the end of the third quarter, and led by 18 in the fourth.

Tina Thompson, who has led Seattle in scoring the past three games, was held to eight points.

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