MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 17 points and the Minnesota Lynx improved to 8-0 with a 79-55 rout of Seattle on Wednesday night.
The Lynx moved within one victory of tying the WNBA record set by Los Angeles in 2001 of victories to start the season. The Sparks also won their first nine games in 2003.
Minnesota pulled off its most lopsided win of the season without leading scorer Seimone Augustus, who was sidelined with a right quad strain.
It didn't matter with five Lynx players scoring in double figures -- McWilliams-Franklin, Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Devereaux Peters and Candice Wiggins.
Seattle, which fell to 1-5, was paced by 14 points from Tanisha Wright, but never fully recovered after falling behind early.