Mercury Beat Fever For Fourth Straight Win

By Ben York,
Posted: June 27, 2014

In their first game in seven days, the Mercury beat the Fever in Indiana, 81-76.

It was the Mercury's fourth straight win who are now 10-3 on the season and in sole possession of the league's best record.

The Mercury was down by as much as 13 points in the third quarter, but outscored Indiana 48-34 in the second half to seal the win.

Diana Taurasi scored 13 of her game-high 23 points in the second half. Penny Taylor looked to be in top form scoring 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Candice Dupree added 18 points and six rebounds.

All things considered, it wasn't one of the Mercury's best-played games of the year, especially from a pure statistical perspective. Phoenix shot just 42 percent from the floor and 30 percent from the three-point line. Indiana, on the other hand, shot 42 percent and 67 percent respectively. The Mercury also finished with an uncharacteristic eight assists.

Nevertheless, as has been the theme this season, Phoenix found a way to win - and that is a tremendous sign.

The Mercury will head to Tulsa to face the surging Shock on Sunday, June 29 at 1:30 p.m.


The charity stripe. The Mercury shot 34 free-throws and made 30. When the Mercury's shot wasn't falling, they made a point to take it to the rim which boosted their offense.


Diana Taurasi scored 23 points, but Penny Taylor's clutch 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting provided much needed offense when shots didn't seem to be falling for Phoenix. Taylor looked sharp and healthy.


17 - the number of turnovers forced by the Mercury which led to 19 Phoenix points.