Tuesday in front of 7,834 fans at The Barn – the Minnesota Lynx’s adopted playoff home – the Lynx (28-7) played nearly flawless basketball for much of the game, getting strong performances from Augustus, Fowles, Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery a 101-81 victory over Washington (20-16) in the first game of the best-of-five Wnba semifinals.
Much of the rest of the night the crowd spent cheering the efficient Lynx offense, which systematically wore down the Mystics with a franchise-record three-point shooting performance.
Augustus and Fowles, then teammates at Louisiana State, came to Williams Arena in December of 2004 to play the Gophers.
Guard Kristi Toliver, who shot the Mystics into the semifinals by hitting a playoff-record nine treys in New York Sunday, scored just three on 1-for-7 shooting.
Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning off Sonny Gray and the Tampa Bay Rays, playing as the home team in a series relocated to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma, beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night.
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