MINNEAPOLIS Tina Thompson scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Shannon Johnson added 16 points for the Houston Comets, who beat Minnesota 72-65 on Saturday night and sent the Lynx to their fifth straight loss.
The Comets (4-8) won for the third time in four games and earned their first road win, thanks to a stifling defense. Houston held Minnesota to just six points in the first quarter, the lowest-scoring period in franchise history.
Rookie Candice Wiggins kept Minnesota (6-6) in the game with 24 points, including 13 from the foul line, but the Lynx lost for sixth time in seven contests. They went 1-for-15 in the first quarter and eclipsed the previous record low of seven points scored in the second period of a game against Phoenix in 2006. Houston led by only two points after Anna DeForge opened the second half with a 3-pointer, but the Lynx went cold again. They managed just two other field goals in the quarter, and the Comets steadily pulled away.
Minnesota staged a 10-4 run to make it 63-57 with 2:08 to play, but Johnson added a free throw, Thompson made a fast-break layup, and Sequoia Holmes added a pair of free throws to seal the Comets' victory.