Fowles sets WNBA record for double-doubles

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sylvia Fowles set a WNBA record with her 157th career double-double and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the second half to beat the Phoenix Mercury 75-62 on Sunday night.

Fowles finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth consecutive double-double and broke Lisa Leslie's mark of 156, set between 1997 and 2009. Odyssey Sims led Minnesota (10-7) with 15 points and Napheesa Collier had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals. Danielle Robinson and Stephanie Talbot added 13 points apiece.

Fowles scored on a putback of a miss by Sims to make it 36-35 at halftime, and the Lynx led the rest of the way. Yvonne Turner hit a 3-pointer to pull Phoenix (7-8) within three late in the third quarter but Fowles and Sims answered with back-to-back layups and Collier converted a three-point play to close the period before Robinson scored the first seven points of the fourth to make it 62-46 with 7½ minutes to play.

DeWanna Bonner led the Mercury with 27 points and Brittney Griner scored 12. Diana Taurasi, who made her season debut Friday night after recovering from offseason back surgery, did not play Sunday. She scored five points in 16 minutes Friday in a loss at Connecticut, but tweaked her back and was examined by the team's trainer after the game.