Even without two of their top players, the Minnesota Lynx continue to succeed.
The Lynx can extend their home win streak to seven games with their second victory in a week against the Tulsa Shock, who hope to avoid matching a season high with their fifth straight defeat Wednesday.
Though All-Star Seimone Augustus (17.2 points per game) is set to miss her seventh straight game with knee pain and forward Rebekkah Brunson (knee) has yet to play this season, Minnesota (16-6) is one of three teams in the WNBA with a winning record and has won three in a row overall by an average of 11.3 points.
"When Seimone and Brunson get healthy and the other players have that game experience, we'll be quite the monster to play against," forward Janel McCarville told the Lynx's official website.
All-Star starter Maya Moore scored 16 of her 26 points in the third quarter and had 12 rebounds as Minnesota shot 47.7 percent to improve to 9-1 at home with a 77-60 victory over Seattle on Sunday. McCarville added 13 points and reserve Devereaux Peters had 10.
The league's leading scorer at 23.7 points per contest, Moore has averaged 27.0 to help Minnesota go 4-1 in July. That included a 33-point, 11-rebound performance during a 91-85 victory at Tulsa (7-14) on Thursday.
"She's one of those players like all the great ones are," Seattle coach Brian Agler said. "If they get a little bit of a rhythm going, they're tough to contend with."
Moore posted 38 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota pull out a 94-93 win at Tulsa on May 23, but coach Cheryl Reeve was not pleased with the Lynx allowing the Shock to shoot 45.3 percent in the two previous meetings this season.
"The first two games we played them, we were not happy where we were defensively," Reeve said. "They are a good offensive team."
Though the Shock rank among the WNBA's leaders at 82.0 points per game, they give up a league-high average of 83.9.
All-Star reserve Glory Johnson had 20 points and 11 rebounds and All-Star starter Skylar Diggins scored 16, but the Shock allowed Washington to shoot 48.6 percent during a 91-74 loss Saturday that concluded an 0-4 homestand.
"We just need to regroup and have a day to get our legs under us," said Tulsa coach Fred Williams, whose team has dropped four straight and seven of eight.
Second to Moore in scoring, Diggins (21.1 ppg) had at least 21 points in each of the two meetings with Minnesota this season.
Averaging 14.8 points and 9.3 rebounds, Johnson has totaled 28 and 21 boards against the Lynx in 2014.
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