By the Numbers: The 2014 Mercury Season
The Phoenix Mercury will open the 2014 WNBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at home against the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday, August 22.
In many ways, that’s when the “real” season begins.
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But with a hugely impressive 29-5 record in the regular season, it’s important not to completely forget about what the Mercury accomplished from May through August.
From June 15 – July 29, the Mercury won 16 consecutive games.
In fact, the 16-game streak was the second-longest winning streak in WNBA history. During the streak, Phoenix had a +13.75 scoring differential, shot 50 percent from the floor and averaged 20.4 assists per game.
Digging even deeper, the Mercury had more wins than five Major League Baseball teams during the same time and led for 532 minutes and 59 seconds of a possible 640 minutes (83.3 percent of game action). (Source: Mercury Communications/John Steinmiller)
Home Court Advantage
The Mercury won 15 games in a row at home, the longest streak in franchise history and the third-longest in WNBA history.
The club hasn’t lost a game at home since May 23 (San Antonio) and finished the regular season 16-1 at US Airways Center.
It was the first time in franchise history the Mercury recorded 12 or more wins at home.
Milestones and Records
The Mercury finished the season shooting a WNBA-record 48.4 percent as a team (surpassing the 47.4 percent shot by the 2013 Lynx) en route to winning a WNBA-record 29 games.
Diana Taurasi became the second leading scorer in WNBA history, led the league in assists, was selected as a WNBA All-Star, won WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week twice and WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month.
Candice Dupree joined the 4,000-point club, was selected as a WNBA All-Star and re-signed with the Mercury on a multi-year contract.
Brittney Griner set the WNBA single-season record with 129 blocks, personally blocked more shots than eight other WNBA teams, was named WNBA Player of the Week twice and was selected as a WNBA All-Star.
Penny Taylor joined the 4,000-point club and helped the team improve to 23-1 when she is in the starting lineup.
Erin Phillips led the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage (43.4).
The Mercury defense allowed 74.1 points per game in 2014, the second-best defense in the WNBA. It is also the best defense by a Mercury team since the league went to a 24 second shot clock in 2006.
By the Numbers
29 – the number of wins by the Mercury this season, a WNBA record.
.484 – the field goal percentage the Mercury shot as a team this season, a WNBA record.
.409 – the field goal percentage allowed by the Mercury, best in the league.
87 (and counting) – the number of days since the Mercury’s last home loss.
4 – the number of Phoenix Mercury players ranking in the top 10 in the WNBA in true shooting percentage.
3 – the number of Phoenix Mercury players ranking in the top 5 in the WNBA in true shooting percentage.
3 – the number of Phoenix Mercury players who finished in the top 10 in the WNBA in total points.
91.4 – Brittney Griner’s league-leading defensive rating.
9.0 – Brittney Griner’s league-leading block percentage, nearly twice as much as any other player.
11 – the number of blocks by Brittney Griner in one game on June 29, a WNBA record.
13 – the number of road wins by the Mercury in 2014, a franchise record and ties a league record.
109.3 – the Mercury’s league-leading offensive rating.
6 – the number of teams in WNBA history to win 16 or more home games in a single season, a feat the Mercury accomplished in 2014.
34 – the number of games DeWanna Bonner has started in for the Mercury in 2014.
18 – the number of games DeWanna Bonner has scored in double figures this season.
23-1 – the Mercury’s record when Penny Taylor is in the starting lineup.
(Source: Basketball Reference)