MINNEAPOLIS (AP)Arike Ogunbowale scored 32 points and the Dallas Wings saw most of a 21-point halftime lead disappear before holding off the Minnesota Lynx 92-87 on Thursday night.
Ogunbowale hit four 3-pointers and was 12-for-24 from the field for Dallas (11-13). She had 19 points in the first half to help the Wings take a 48-27 lead into intermission.
Minnesota (9-16) stormed back in the third quarter behind reserve Rachel Banham and Sylvia Fowles.
Banham sank 2 of 3 free throws after a flagrant 1 foul on Dallas’ Tyasha Harris, then hit a layup and two more foul shots to cut the deficit to 58-53. Fowles – who finished with 17 rebounds – scored 10 of her 20 points in the period and the Lynx closed within 62-57 by quarter’s end.
Banham scored 16 of her 24 points in the final 4:30 of the fourth quarter, twice getting Minnesota within three points, but Allisha Gray, who scored 17, and Ogunbowale both hit two free throws in the final 17.6 seconds to preserve the win.
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