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Sky loses to Lynx without Epiphanny Prince

Center SylviFowles scored 22 points grabbed 13 rebounds Sky’s loss Lynx. | Genevieve Ross~AP

Center Sylvia Fowles scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Sky’s loss to the Lynx. | Genevieve Ross~AP

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Updated: July 25, 2012 6:51AM

MINNEAPOLIS — Lindsay Whalen scored 25 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 79-67 victory Saturday against the Sky in WNBA action.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 12 points and Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore 10 each for the Lynx (12-1), which has rebounded with back-to-back victories after its lone loss of the season last Sunday. All of Augustus’s points came in the second half.

Sylvia Fowles had her ninth double-double in 10 games for the Sky (7-3), scoring 22 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Sonja Petrovic added 13 points and Swin Cash 11 for the Sky, which committed 24 turnovers.

‘‘You give Minnesota credit,’’ Cash said. ‘‘They did some good things out there, but a lot of it is what we can control. . . . We have to go out there and really lock in and focus on not being so turnover-prone.’’

The Sky played its first game without leading scorer Epiphanny Prince. Prince, who is averaging 22.3 points, is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a broken bone in her right foot suffered during a game June 17.

‘‘Piph made it easier for us because she was knocking down shots from the outside,’’ Fowles said. ‘‘Everybody’s just got to step up. Things happen like that. . . . You still have to step up and play your game.’’

Both teams wore commemorative uniforms to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law that increased sports participation among women and girls.


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