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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Coach Cheryl Reeve and the Minnesota Lynx were not leaving any doubt: nearly two weeks between games was beneficial for the defending WNBA champions.Maya Moore scored 31 points, including 15 in the second quarter, as Minnesota opened its title defense with a 113-95 win over the Phoenix Mercury in the first game of the WNBA semifinals Wednesday night.Lindsay Whalen added 19 points and seven assists as Minnesota broke the WNBA record for points in a regulation playoff game. Center Sylvia Fowles scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lynx, who hadnt played since Sept. 17 as the top seed in the WNBAs new playoff format.I think put to rest that narrative that you guys enjoy talking about when a team has 10 or so days off, Reeve said. That rest was good, preparation was good. Thats just kind of what we do.Diana Taurasi scored 25 points for the Mercury, who have lost each of the four games between the two teams this year. Brittney Griner added 16 points for Phoenix but was held to just two rebounds.Minnesota shot 63.9 percent from the field and outrebounded the bigger Mercury 38-20.Pretty hard to get defensive rebounds when theyre scoring 64 percent, Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. Got to play better defense, make more shots contested and be in a position to rebound. We have to play a bit more physical. Fowles, shes a beast on the boards.The Lynx started a bit slow as the Mercury led 14-8 early with Taurasi hitting a pair of 3-pointers.Minnesota went to its bench with Moore, Whalen and Seimone Augustus taking their first rest. The bench combined with Fowles and Rebekkah Brunson to spark a 12-3 run. Moore, Whalen and Augustus were the centerpieces as the Lynx took control in the second quarter, beginning the period on a 19-4 run.You try to throw different things at them, Taurasi said. Obviously you want to stop Maya, you saw what happened. You want to limit Seimone and Syl and then, oh wait, you have Lindsay Whalen running it down your throat. So, theres a lot of things that we have to kind of prioritize, and we didnt do any of those today.Minnesota led by as many as 25 and Phoenix sat Taurasi, Griner, Penny Taylor and Candice Dupree for the entire fourth quarter.BACKUPS FOR THE BACKUPSBoth teams are dealing with injuries to their backup centers.Reeve announced after the game that Janel McCarville was unavailable Wednesday because of back spasms. Reeve said the team is working to relieve the spasms but she was unsure of McCarvilles availability for Game 2.Mercury center Kelsey Bone left the game in the fourth quarter after being down on the court with an apparent injury. Bone walked off under her own power and went immediately to the locker room holding her left elbow.Brondello said Bone was still being evaluated.HOME AWAY FROM HOMEWith scheduling conflicts at Target Center, Minnesotas home playoff games were moved across town to St. Pauls Xcel Energy Center, the home of the NHLs Minnesota Wild.With boards covering the arenas ice surface, the two teams played on the Lynx court. Minnesota tied the WNBA record with 13 road wins this season, including winning all eight road games against Western Conference opponents.The Lynx will also play the 2017 season at the Xcel Energy Center.TIP-INSMercury: Marta Xargay started her second playoff game for Phoenix after making only six starts in the regular season. Xargay was limited to seven minutes in the first half after picking up three quick fouls. ... The Mercury had won four straight games, including two in the playoffs as the eighth seed.Lynx: Minnesotas 113 points broke the mark of 108 scored by Chicago in the second round. The overall WNBA record for points in a playoff game is 120, set by Phoenix in 2009 in overtime against Indiana. ... Minnesotas .689 win percentage all-time (31-14) and .880 percentage at home (21-3) are WNBA playoff records.UP NEXTThe two teams play Game 2 of the best-of-five series on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Xcel Energy Center. cheap nba jerseys china .Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play. nba jerseys china . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. 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MINNEAPOLIS -- Much is expected from Minnesotas Jordan Murphy this year.After struggles in the teams first two games, he was dominant Wednesday night.The sophomore scored 18 points and added 12 rebounds and the Gophers pulled away to beat Mount St. Marys 80-56.The Gophers, 3-0 for the first time in three years, also got 13 points each from Dupree McBrayer and Nate Mason.Minnesota, which shot 57.4 percent, also had a 46-25 rebounding edge.There was a lot of good, said Gophers coach Richard Pitino. Our post offense was really good; our passing out of the post was really good.A member of the Big 10 All-Freshman team last year, Murphy totaled 17 points on 5 of 17 shooting in wins over Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas-Arlington.Every time you step on the court its a new chance to see where youre at skill-wise . and just see how you can impact the game, said Murphy, who was 8 of 9 from the field.Sometimes he lets certain things zap his energy, whether hes confused by something or whatever, Pitino said. We just talked about playing through that is the most important thing.Junior Robinson scored 16 points to lead Mount St. Marys (0-3), which fell to 0-18 all-time against Big Ten teams. Elijah Long had 11 points and 5 rebounds.The Mountaineers were 7 of 27 on 3-pointers.This is the game where you got to make 14 to 15 threes. We are more than capable of doing that, but we are just coming up short right now and not having enough guys stepping in and knocking them down, said coach Jamion Christian.With Minnesota up 49-42, Murphy scored on a dunk, blocked a 3-pointer by Will Miller and scored on another dunk 5 seconds later. After a media timeout, he scored on a putback for a 13-point lead with 11:10 to play.Back-to-back 3-pointers by Akeem Springs pushed the lead to 119.dddddddddddd. He and Amir Coffey each finished with 10 points.We dont look at individually how we do, Mason said. Were just looking for the win.FREE THROW CONCERNSMinnesota was 14 of 23 from the free-throw line after shooting 72.2 percent in its first two games.Its early in the season I think feeling comfortable up there, Pitino said. Just got to be confident, stick to the routine.NOT GETTING TURNOVERSLast season, Mount St. Marys forced at least 17 turnovers in a game 18 times and 20 or more on eight occasions. In three games this season, the Mountaineers have forced an average of 12.3: West Virginia and Minnesota had 13 and Iowa State had 11.BIG PICTUREMount St. Marys: The Mountaineers live and die playing up-tempo, with an aggressive full-court pressure on defense and an offense that likes to shoot from beyond the arc. Mount St. Marys showed flashes on both ends, but needs to be more consistent, especially against teams with bigger post players.Minnesota: The Gophers, who went 8-23 last year, including home losses to mid-majors South Dakota, South Dakota State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, continue to advantageously use their depth. This was the third straight game at least five Gophers finished in double figures.UP NEXTMount St. Marys continues its season-opening nine-game road trip Friday at George Mason (1-1) of the Atlantic 10. 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