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Augustus ascends Lynx past Stars

In the weekend series with San Antonio, Minnesota guard Seimone Augustus made 19 of 30 shots, giving her a field goal percentage of 62.7
In the weekend series with San Antonio, Minnesota guard Seimone Augustus made 19 of 30 shots, giving her a field goal percentage of 62.7D. Clarke Evans, NBAE via Getty Images

Seimone Augustus is no longer considered the centerpiece of the Minnesota Lynx, but doubt her for too long and her jump shot will remind you of her irreplaceable value.

Augustus scored 25 points, hitting 12 of 19 shots, to anchor Minnesota's 87-79 win over the San Antonio Stars Sunday afternoon at AT&T Center.

San Antonio (3-4) began the contest with a 17-8 lead, fueled by a trio of three-pointers from Becky Hammon. That turned out to be their largest lead of the game.

Maya Moore helped the Lynx (7-0) even the score at 28 by the end of the first quarter with an 11-point burst. Her offense dipped as the game progressed, but Augustus and company absorbed those responsibilities. Late in the third, Augustus stifled an 11-0 Stars run with six straight points, getting the Lynx out of a 64-63 jam to go up 70-63 entering the final stanza.

Minnesota withstood another San Antonio run in the fourth after building a 78-65 lead with 6:18 remaining. A Jayne Appel layup capped off a 14-4 Stars run, trimming the margin to three with 1:01 on the clock. On the following Lynx possession, Augustus successfully connected an entry pass to Tan White for an alley-oop layup. Lindsay Whalen would close out the game from the free throw line, and the Lynx survived another dramatic finish.

Minnesota was more cognizant on perimeter defense, reducing San Antonio's three-point shooting to 8-of-18 after a 14-of-28 mark last Friday. The Lynx also skewed the rebounding margin in their direction, earning a 34-23 edge.

The victory was a milestone for head coach Cheryl Reeve, who recorded her 100th career win. Reeve became the third fastest coach in WNBA history to break the century mark, ranking behind Van Chancellor and Michael Cooper.

Moore finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds, and Whalen earned her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 assists.

White was the most surprising factor in Sunday's win, earning a season-high 17 points off the bench. She drilled her first six shots, three of them three-pointers, including a seemingly desperate off-balance heave in the fourth quarter. White is only averaging 6.0 points per game in 2014, but the task of improving her efficiency is showing promise; White's field goal percentage of 50.0 and three-point field goal percentage of 45.4 are well above her numbers from last year (32.9 percent and 19.7 percent, respectively).

Jia Perkins led San Antonio with 16 points, making 4 of 8 shots from three-point range. Hammon followed with a season-high 15 points.

The Lynx continue their four-game road trip on Friday with a visit to Seattle.