Seimone Augustus set a career high in assists this season, thanks in large part to teammate Sylvia Fowles' emergence as an MVP candidate.
Augustus scored 24 points and Fowles added 18 to help the Minnesota Lynx roll to a 101-81 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals on Tuesday night.
Minnesota shot 59 percent from the field and set a new franchise playoff record with 12 3-pointers on 17 attempts, blowing the game open after an ugly 6-for-17 start in the first quarter.
Team owner Glen Taylor spent about $1 million to upgrade the old building, including adding air conditioning that came in handy on a day where temperatures surpassed 80 degrees.
After playing a key role in the Los Angeles Sparks' victory over the Lynx in the WNBA Finals last season, Toliver scored 32 points and rallied the Mystics from a 14-point deficit to beat New York on Sunday.
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- 3 things we learned from the Lynx dominant Game 1 win over the MysticsSB Nation
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- On The Fly: Homecoming For Lindsay WhalenHartford Courant
- Toliver answered the call when Mystics needed itThe Star Democrat