SEATTLE -- Jordin Canada led a balanced attack with 14 points and a team-high six assists as the Seattle Storm defeated the visiting Minnesota Lynx 82-74 Sunday, Aug. 18, in a WNBA game between two teams battling for playoff positioning.
Six players scored in double-digits for the Storm (15-13), who snapped a two-game losing streak and moved within a half-game of fifth-place Chicago in the overall standings.
Odyssey Sims led Minnesota (13-14) with a game-high 30 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field. The Lynx lost their second in a row and dropped a half-game behind Phoenix, which beat New York 78-72 on Sunday, and slipped into eighth place overall. The top eight teams in the 12-team league make the playoffs.
Rookie Napheesa Collier added 16 points and a team-high five rebounds for the Lynx and veteran center Sylvia Fowles scored 11 points.
Jewell Loyd and Natasha Howard each added 13 points for the Storm, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis came off the bench to score 11 and Alysha Clark and Mercedes Russell scored 10 apiece. Howard and Russell each grabbed six rebounds and Clark added five rebounds and five assists.
The Storm scored the game's first 11 points, capped by a Canada jumper with 5:02 left in the first quarter, and never trailed.
The Storm, which led 48-39 at the half, took a 67-53 advantage with 3:02 left in the third on a 3-pointer by Crystal Langhorne, but the Lynx closed the quarter with 10-0 run to pull within four heading into the fourth.
Seattle's defense clamped down in the final period, limiting the Lynx to 11 points.
Minnesota's Seimone Augustus, the franchise's career leader in games and scoring, was limited to just two points on 1-for-5 shooting and the Lynx were outscored by 16 points while she was on the court. Augustus was playing in just her sixth game of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her right knee May 30.