NEW YORK -- Odyssey Sims had 17 points and six assists and the visiting Minnesota Lynx overcame a career night from Rebecca Allen to down the New York Liberty 89-73 on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Stephanie Talbot supplied 16 points, while Napheesa Collier and Danielle Robinson added 14 apiece for the Lynx, who moved a game above .500. Lexie Brown chipped in eight points for Minnesota, which shot 51.6 percent from the field.
Allen scored a career-high 28 points off the bench for the Liberty, surpassing her previous best by seven points. She made 11-of-15 field goals, including a 6-for-7 performance beyond the arc.
Kia Nurse tossed in 11 points and Bria Hartley added 10 for New York, which has lost six straight and nine of its last 10.
The Lynx led 42-40 at the break despite Allen's 20 points.
Minnesota seemingly took command in the second quarter with a 14-1 outburst to gain a 34-18 advantage. Robinson scored the first three points and Talbot gave the Lynx their first double-digit lead with a 3-pointer. Temi Fagbenle scored the last three points during that span on free throws.
Back-to-back layups by Allen ended the Lynx's run. Minnesota's lead was still 11 with two minutes left in the half but New York closed it on an 11-2 run.
Sims and Collier had two baskets apiece in an 8-0 Minnesota spurt, giving it a 50-42 lead early in the third.
A three-point play by Robinson later in the quarter handed the Lynx a 62-51 lead. Minnesota was up 66-55 entering the fourth.
Allen reached her career high on a 3-pointer with 8:49 left but her team was still down by 10. Minnesota's lead grew to 16 when Brown made a 3-pointer with 4:16 left.