In a game of double-digit runs, the Minnesota Lynx outlasted the Dallas Wings for an 88-75 victory in Bradenton, Fla., on Friday
The entire starting five for Minnesota (12-5) was in double digits in points by the end of the third quarter. Napheesa Collier (14 points, 14 rebounds) and Damiris Dantas (18 points, 13 rebounds) each notched double-doubles.
Allisha Gray set a new career high in scoring before the end of the third quarter and finished with 26 points on 9-for-15 shooting for Dallas (6-11).
Both teams started the game hot, scoring 18 combined points in less than three minutes. But the Lynx went on a 15-2 run over the next few minutes with Collier scoring six points.
But then Minnesota went colder than the Arctic Ocean, going more than 10 minutes without a field goal.
And during that time, the Dallas went on a tear. By the end of the first, they cut the deficit to 25-24. Then over the first seven minutes of the second quarter, the Wings scored 18 of the game's next 20 points to take a 15-point at 42-27.
The Lynx's cold stretch ended when Crystal Dangerfield hit a 3-pointer with 2:28 left in the half and Minnesota ended the half down just eight points, 49-41.
Then the third quarter was all Minnesota. The Lynx started the frame on a 17-3 run to go up by six, then went back-and-forth with the Wings to end the quarter up 69-63.
Minnesota continued rolling in the fourth, outscoring the Wings 19-12 in the quarter. Dallas' lack of ability to score in the paint was a major reason for its second-half struggles -- even though the Lynx scored only 10 points in the paint in the second half after scoring 30 in the first.
Arike Ogunbowale, the league's leading scorer at 21.7 ppg, had 14 points on 4-of-15 shooting for Dallas. Teammate Kayla Thornton finished with a plus/minus of minus-30.