Mercury Announces 2013 Schedule

PHOENIX – The two-time WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury today announced its 34-game schedule for the 2013 regular season, the 17th season for the Mercury, one of the league’s eight original franchises. Owner of the No. 1 pick in the most anticipated draft in league history this April, the Mercury will debut on May 27 at US Airways Center against the Chicago Sky, which owns the second overall pick in this year’s draft. The season opener will tip off at 2 p.m. Phoenix Time and will be aired on ESPN2. It will mark the first season opener at US Airways Center since 2010 and the first against an Eastern Conference opponent since 2000 (New York).

Loaded with some of the league’s biggest stars, including five-time All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist Diana Taurasi, three-time All-Star Penny Taylor, three-time All-Star Candice Dupree and DeWanna Bonner, the second-leading scorer in the WNBA last season, and adding the top overall pick in this year’s draft, the Mercury will appear on national TV six times in 2013, more than any other team in the league. The Mercury’s national broadcast slate is highlighted by its visit to defending WNBA champion Indiana on June 8, which will be aired on ABC. The Saturday tilt will tip off at 12:30 p.m. PT.

Following the season opener, the Mercury will play its next three games on the road against the last three WNBA champions: June 2 at Seattle (won the 2010 title), June 6 at Minnesota (2011), and June 8 at Indiana (2012). It could be the club’s toughest road swing of the season, until playing three games in four nights in September, when Phoenix travels to Atlanta on Sept. 8, followed by its only back-to-back set of the season, at New York (Sept. 10) and at Chicago (Sept. 11 on ESPN2). The Mercury will see just one other road trip of at least three games, closing the month of June at San Antonio (June 25 on ESPN2), at Washington (June 27) and at Connecticut (June 29).

July will be a pivotal month in the Mercury’s race for playoff positioning and its third WNBA championship as six of Phoenix’s seven games in the month will come against Western Conference opponents. Five of those six contests will be against the top two finishers in the West last season, Minnesota (three times, two on the road) and Los Angeles (home and away). The month will open with a visit from New York, led by Cappie Pondexter and new head coach Bill Laimbeer. On July 10, Becky Hammon and the San Antonio Silver Stars visit Phoenix for the Mercury’s annual matinee game which will tip off at 12:30 p.m. The month concludes with the 2013 WNBA All-Star game on July 27 at Connecticut.

August will feature a season-high five-game homestand for the Mercury. The stretch will open with a visit from Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream (Aug. 3) and Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm on ESPN2 (Aug. 6), followed by consecutive games against the Tulsa Shock (Aug 9-11), which owns the third pick in April’s draft, and the lone visit from Tamika Catchings and the defending champion Indiana Fever (Aug. 14).

Flexible ticket packages are on sale for the 2013 season, including a special offer for fans who buy a select Mercury ticket pack to receive a free lower-level ticket to a Phoenix Suns matchup versus Oklahoma City, Boston or L.A. Lakers. Tickets can be purchased by calling 602-252-WNBA or visiting phoenixmercury.com. A full broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.

The complete 2013 schedule can be found here.