This time, Nicole Ohlde got the best of Lindsay Whalen.
Ohlde had career highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx past the Connecticut Sun, 66-63, yesterday in Minneapolis.
Katie Smith added 15 points and hit a couple of crucial free throws in the final minute to help the Lynx spoil the homecoming of Whalen, the former University of Minnesota star who led the Golden Gophers to the Final Four last season.
The last time she played in Minneapolis, Whalen led the Gophers to a win over Ohlde's Kansas State Wildcats in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
"That stuff's all in the past," Ohlde said when asked if the college rivalry carried into the pros.
Whalen, still a hero in her home state, led the Sun with a career-high 18 points and got a rousing ovation during introductions. A Lynx-record crowd of 16,227 cheered every time Whalen scored -- she finished 6 for 12.
But it wasn't enough to counter Ohlde, Smith, and Tamika Williams, who combined for 46 points.
"They've got a good team over there," Sun coach Mike Thibault said. "They're going to contend for the Western Conference title."
Ohlde, Minnesota's 6-foot-4-inch center who entered the game second among WNBA rookies with a 10.4-point scoring average, got most of her points banging inside. She also shot 9 for 14 from the line.
Fever 70, Comets 62 -- Kelly Miller scored 18 points, Stephanie White had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds and Indiana beat Houston in Indianapolis. Tamika Catchings had 13 points for the Fever, who had lost their six previous meetings with the Comets.
Reserve Kendra Holland-Corn added 17 points for the Comets.