INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lindsay Whalen scored 17 points, Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson each had 16 points and 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 78-69 on Saturday night.
The Lynx (2-0) never trailed after the opening minutes but needed a 6-0 run late in the fourth quarter to surge to a 68-59 lead with 2:58 left.
Seimone Augustus added 11 points for Minnesota, which scored 13 straight in a run spanning both halves to take a 40-27 lead.
Indiana (0-2) cut it to 60-57 on Shenise Johnson’s 3-pointer with 7:09 left in the fourth quarter, but would get no closer.
Marissa Coleman led the Fever with 16 points, Johnson added 15, Natalie Achonwa had 14 and Briann January 11.
The Fever had a better night shooting from the field, but the Lynx had a 26-9 edge in points scored from the foul line.
STORM 86, SPARKS 61
SEATTLE (AP) — Renee Montgomery scored 19 points and Crystal Langhorne had 18 to help Seattle beat Los Angeles in the season opener for both teams.
Jenny Boucek won in her coaching debut for the Storm. She took over in January after Brian Agler left to coach the Sparks. In front of a sell-out crowd at Key Arena, Seattle also opened the season with a victory for the first time since 2010 and beat the Sparks for the first time in their last six meetings.
Rookie Jewell Loyd, the No. 1 overall pick, started and scored seven points for Seattle on 2-for-10 shooting. Alana Beard led Los Angeles with 20 points.
SHOCK 101, SKY 93
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 23 points and Tulsa held off Chicago.
Sims put the game away by going 6 for 6 from the line in the final 25 seconds for Tulsa (1-1), which had a 24-point lead in the first half. Tulsa won a home opener for the first time since the franchise moved to Oklahoma from Detroit before the 2010 season.
Sims also had five assists, and Skylar Diggins finished with 20 points and eight assists. Plenette Pierson added 19 points, and Karima Christmas had 15, including a 44-footer at the halftime buzzer to send Tulsa into the break with a 19-point lead at 62-43.
Elena Delle Donne scored 40 points for Chicago (1-1), hitting 13 of 24 shots from the field and going 11 for 11 from the line. Cappie Pondexter finished with 26 points.
MYSTICS 67, LIBERTY 62
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kara Lawson hit a 14-foot jumper with 42 seconds left to give Washington the lead and added two free throws in the Mystics’ victory over New York.
Emma Meeseman finished with 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mystics (2-0), making all four of her shots from the line, including a clutch pair in the final minute to extend Washington’s lead to four. Ivory Latta added 10 points, and Lawson had eight.
Tina Charles led New York (1-1) with 18 points and eight rebounds.