The host Minnesota Lynx jumped out to an early 23-8 lead and never looked back on the way to a 79-67 WNBA victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday at the Target Center.
The Lynx, now 12-1 and the league's winningest team, never trailed. The shorthanded Sky (7-3) took their second straight loss.
Lindsay Whalen scored a game-high 25 points while Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 12 for the winners. Sylvia Fowles topped the Sky with 22 points and 13 rebounds, Sonja Petrovic had 13 and Swin Cash added 11.
The Sky tried to dig out of the double-digit deficit and climbed to within five points at 36-31 on a Petrovic reverse layup with 3:55 left in the opening half. But Whalen scored seven of her game-high 14 first-half points as the Lynx launched a 15-3 surge for a 51-34 halftime lead.
The Sky made a third quarter run at Minnesota and got to within eight at 59-51 late in the period on back-to-back Sydney Carter jumpers. But the Lynx restored a double-digit lead at 62-51 on Seimone Augustus' buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Minnesota (12-1) then pulled away in the final quarter and opened a 17-point lead at 77-60 on Whalen's 3-pointer with 2:28 to play.
Maya Moore and Augustus each added 10 points for Minnesota.
The Sky had just nine active players. Epiphanny Prince is out with a broken foot suffered last week against Indiana, Ticha Penicheiro was sidelined with a lower left leg injury and Shay Murphy remains with the Montenegro national team.
The Sky return home Wednesday for three straight home games. They open with Indiana, then host Phoenix on Friday and Atlanta next Sunday.