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Augustus Sets Scoring Mark in Win over Sparks

Augustus Sets Scoring Mark in Win over Sparks Click to Enlarge Photo: WNBA.com

Sep 5, 2012 at 10:36 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus scored 23 points apiece to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 88-77 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.

Lindsay Whalen added 12 points and Candice Wiggins had 10 for the first-place Lynx, who extended their lead in the Western Conference to three games over the Sparks. With eight games remaining, Minnesota needs only four more victories to clinch the No. 1 seed in the West regardless of what Los Angeles (19-9) and San Antonio (17-9) do the rest of the way.

The Lynx (22-4) won their ninth consecutive game and tied a franchise record with their 14th home win of the season.

Alana Beard scored 17 points and Jenna O'Hea added 15 for the Sparks, who matched a season high with their third straight loss.

Seimone Augustus has become the all-time leading scorer for the Minnesota Lynx, surpassing Katie Smith's franchise record with a 3-pointer early in the second quarter Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Sparks.

Augustus, who came into the game averaging 17.1 points this season, bested Smith's previous mark of 3,605 career points. The 2006 first overall pick has a career average of 19.2 points, fourth best in WNBA history, and is 25th on the WNBA all-time scoring list.

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