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WNBA Wrap: Sims and Fowles fuel Lynx win

Solid performances by Odyssey Sims, who had 15 points, and Sylvia Fowles grabbed 13 boards helped the Minnesota Lynx defeat the defending champion Seattle Storm 72-61.

This was a marquee matchup as the teams have combined to win six of the last nine WNBA titles.

Minnesota started off with a 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter as Seattle was just 4 of 16 from the field.

The Lynx led by 15 points at the half after holding Seattle to 31-percent shooting and Sims’ splendid play helped make it it 44-24 early in the third.

Damiris Dantas scored 12 points for Minnesota. Napheesa Colliercarried on with her impressive first-season performance scoring nine points in 25 minutes, this follows her scoring the second-most points in a rookie debut last week.

Natasha Howard, who had a 21-points, 16-rebound double-double in Seattle's opener, put up 18 points for the Storm. Jewell Loyd scored 13 points for the Storm, which started a three-game road trip.

Notably absent from the game were Lynx star Maya Moore, who decided to forego the season, Lindsay Whalen, who retired at the end of last season and Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart who are out with injuries.

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