MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota veteran post player Sylvia Fowles set the WNBA record for career double-doubles with 14 points and 13 rebounds in the Lynx's 75-62 win over Phoenix in the Target Center at Minneapolis on Sunday.
Fowles, in her 12th season, now has 158 career double-doubles, topping the previous record of 157 held by Lisa Leslie (1997-2009 with Los Angeles). The 33-year-old Fowles achieved both her 10th rebound and 10th point in the first 50 seconds of the third quarter in Sunday's game.
Odyssey Sims had a team-best 15 points to lead Minnesota (10-7) while Napheesa Collier had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Stephanie Talbot and Danielle Robinson each had 13 points. Minnesota's starters scored 69 of its 75 points.
Phoenix star guard Diana Taurasi, who played 16 minutes at Connecticut on Friday in her season debut following back surgery, did not play Sunday because she tweaked her back in that game. Reserve center Sancho Lyttle (knee) was also held out.
DeWanna Bonner scored 22 of her game-high 27 points for Phoenix (7-8) in the first half. She shot 7 of 11 from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point range before halftime but went cold in the second half, going 1 of 7 from the field and 0 for 4 from beyond the arc.
Brittney Griner, who had only 10 points in the loss at Connecticut Friday after a string of five consecutive 20-point games, produced only 12 against Minnesota. She was held to four points when Phoenix lost at Minnesota 58-56 on June 6. The Lynx have won four straight games against Phoenix.
The Lynx scored 13 unanswered points Sunday, including six by Robinson to start the fourth quarter, to take a 62-46 lead with 7:39 left in regulation. Phoenix went 5:11 without scoring between the third and fourth quarters. The Mercury missed five shots and committed three turnovers in that pivotal stretch.
A jump shot by Essence Carson ended Phoenix's drought with 7:26 remaining. Phoenix did not get closer than nine points afterward.