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Lynx playing at a ‘record’ low

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Lynx are breaking records this season, just not the ones they'd like to.

In Monday night's 51-46 loss to the Houston Comets, the Lynx made a franchise-low 11 shots from the field, marking the fourth time this year they've broken the mark.

"I don't know what the answer is for that," coach Brian Agler said. "I can say that I'm sorry we didn't make them."

Minnesota also fell to 0-9 versus Houston, the WNBA's four-time champion.

Tina Thompson scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Comets (15-6). Janeth Arcain added 13 points in the only WNBA game Monday.

"They play so hard, and we knew it was going to be a tough game," Arcain said. "Our zone defense is what won it for us."

Svetlana Abrosimova scored 20 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds for the Lynx, who have lost four of five. Minnesota (7-14) misfired on 80 percent of its 55 shots from the field.

"Some days you just can't control it," Abrosimova said of the poor shooting. "It's really frustrating because we keep practicing and playing so hard."

Minnesota forced 16 turnovers and made 23 of 30 shots from the foul line to counteract its dismal field-goal percentage. The Lynx were just 1-of-15 from 3-point range.

Thompson got the Comets off to a quick start with 14 points and four rebounds in the first half as Houston took a 27-26 lead.

It took the Lynx just under nine minutes to score 11 points, the amount Minnesota needed an entire half to reach in the last meeting with Houston on June 30.

Playing aggressively from the start, Abrosimova got to the foul line early to keep the Lynx competitive. She was 8-for-10 in the first half, and Katie Smith scored six points in the final 2 1/2 minutes to pull the Lynx within one.

Abrosimova spurred a Lynx charge to start the second half, with six points in the first four minutes as Minnesota took a 31-30 lead.

But Thompson hit a key 3-pointer with 2:51 remaining to give the Comets a 46-43 lead they would never relinquish.

"That was the difference in the basketball game," Houston coach Van Chancellor said. "It gave us a little breathing room. When I saw she was open, I knew she'd make it all the way."

Lynx center Maylana Martin was scratched with lower back spasms and is day to day.