Aug 20, 2012 at 7:58 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Maya Moore scored 22 points and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Tulsa Shock 83-59 and clinch a playoff spot at the earliest point in franchise history.
Lindsay Whalen had 15 points and Seimone Augustus 14 for Minnesota (17-4), which won its fourth straight. The defending champion Lynx didn't clinch a postseason berth until their 26th game last season.
Whalen also had four assists to pass Katie Smith for the franchise lead with 498.
Glory Johnson led Tulsa (3-17) with 17 points. The Shock have lost four straight overall and remain winless in eight road games this season. Five of Tulsa's next seven games are away from home.
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