Augustus leads Lynx to 1st playoff series victory

September 21, 2011
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Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson fouls San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon (25) as Hammon passes during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round WNBA playoff basketball series Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seimone Augustus had 22 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 85-67 on Tuesday night for the first playoff series victory in franchise history.

Rebekkah Brunson added 15 points and nine rebounds and Maya Moore had 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Lynx, who advance to play the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference finals. Game 1 is Thursday in Minnesota.

Sophia Young scored 17 points for the Silver Stars on 7-of-8 shooting, while Becky Hammon added 15 points and five assists.

San Antonio turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 24 Lynx points.