MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Sylvia Fowles had 24 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, Layshia Clarendon had 12 points in their debut with Minnesota and the Lynx rallied to beat the Connecticut Sun 79-74 in overtime on Sunday night.
Clarendon, who signed with Minnesota earlier in the day, had a 3-point tiebreaker with 66 seconds left to give the Lynx (1-4) the lead for good. The 30-year-old guard in his ninth WNBA season was canceled last week by the New York Liberty.
Jonquel Jones led Connecticut (6-2) with 22 points and Jasmine Thomas added 14 points and five assists. DeWanna Bonner had 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.
Clarendon hit a 30-footer just after the buzzer that would have won the game in regulation. Kayla McBride missed a 3 point shot but Fowles grabbed the offensive rebound and sent it back to McBride who missed another 3, but Crystal Dangerfield got another offensive panel and found Damiris Dantas for a 3 point which reduced Minnesota’s deficit to 63-61 with 37.2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Bonner missed a jumper 25 seconds later and Dangerfield grabbed the rebound and ran to the right elbow where she made a jumper with 2.9 seconds left to force overtime.
Napheesa Collier hit a 3-point with 2:50 left in OT to make it 70-69 and give the Lynx their first lead since 6-5.
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