Posted on June 6, 2012 at 7:42 PM
MINNEAPOLIS -- Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 17 points and the Minnesota Lynx improved to 8-0 with a 79-55 rout of Seattle on Wednesday night.
The Lynx moved within one victory of tying the WNBA record set by Los Angeles in 2001 of victories to start the season. The Sparks also won their first nine games in 2003.
Minnesota pulled off its most lopsided win of the season without leading scorer Seimone Augustus, who was sidelined with a right quad strain.
It didn't matter with five Lynx players scoring in double figures -- McWilliams-Franklin, Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Devereaux Peters and Candice Wiggins.
Seattle, which fell to 1-5, was paced by 14 points from Tanisha Wright, but never fully recovered after falling behind early.
It was Seattle's second loss in Minnesota in 10 days. The Storm got off to another poor start again, trailing 25-8 after one quarter. Trailing by as many as 18, the Storm made a second quarter run and cut Minnesota's advantage in half, but the Lynx hit two shots in the final minute of the half and led 43-30 after 20 minutes. Brunson led all first half scorers with 10 for Minnesota, while Wright had 8 points for the Storm.
Seattle, which is in the midst of a season-long five-game road trip, started another mini-rally early in the third quarter, cutting the Lynx lead to seven points in one stretch, but again saw Minnesota's WNBA-leading offense turn the tide.
The Storm are without leading scorer Lauren Jackson, who is training in Australia for the Olympics.