Augustus, Lynx shake Fever 83-71, tie WNBA finals

Augustus, Lynx shake Fever 83-71, tie WNBA finals
October 17, 2012, 10:18 pm
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Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus (33) goes up for a basket against Indiana Fever guard Erin Phillips (13) in the first half of Game 1 of the WNBA basketball Finals Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Seimone Augustus scored 23 of her 27 points in the second half to help the Minnesota Lynx surge past the Indiana Fever 83-71 on Wednesday night to even the WNBA finals at one game apiece.

Maya Moore pitched in 23 points and the defending champion Lynx forced the Fever into 24 turnovers, 15 after halftime. Tamika Catchings led the way as usual with 27 points and eight rebounds, but the Fever's defense faded after a dominant start. They let the Lynx score 29 points in the third quarter and bring an already-loud crowd into the game even more.

The series now moves to Indiana. Game 3 is on Friday and Game 4 is on Sunday.