- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rookie Seimone Augustus scored 25 points, and the Minnesota Lynx snapped a five-game losing streak with a 84-74 victory over the Washington Mystics last night.

Augustus had 17 points in the first half to help Minnesota build a 10-point lead but was held scoreless in the third period. She bounced back to make four big shots in the fourth quarter for the Lynx, who held off a scrappy Washington team that played without leading scorer Alana Beard (sprained ankle) for the second straight game.

Amber Jacobs added 15 points for the Lynx, and Kristen Mann and Svetlana Ambrosimova each scored 13.

Nikki Teasley led Washington with 20 points but shot just 5-for-18 from the floor — including four 3-pointers. Crystal Robinson scored a season-high 19 points, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range.

The Lynx, who lost to the Mystics 78-69 in the season opener in Washington, improved to 2-5 against the Eastern Conference. Washington dropped to 2-8 on the road.

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