Mercury Win 12th Straight Home Game, Beat Fever
With a 79-69 win over the Indiana Fever Saturday night, the Mercury extended its franchise-record home win streak to 12 games.
Perhaps more impressive, it was also the team's 12th straight home win by 10 or more, extending the longest such streak in WNBA history. The Mercury improved to 13-1 at home this season overall, and established a new franchise record for home wins in a single season.
The win also tied a single-season franchise-record for victories with their 23rd of the season (23-4).
"They’re a good team," Diana Taurasi said about the Fever. "They did some things out there that gave us some fits. I don’t necessarily think we played that well, but you know, at the end of the day we won the game, so we’ll just move on and try to get some rest and keep going."
Brittney Griner scored 17 points and Diana Taurasi added 15 points, five assists and three rebounds as the Mercury pulled away from Indiana during a fourth quarter run with under five minutes to go. DeWanna Bonner pitched in 14 points while the Mercury's bench came up big - Mistie Bass, Erin Phillips, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and Shay Murphy combined to score 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
"We know that wasn’t our best game," Sandy Brondello said. "We played lackluster for such a long time, but we could change it. Sometimes, that’s not always easy, but we changed it through the course of the game and it was not just one person. It was everyone, collectively, just picking up the intensity."
The Mercury next hosts the Atlanta Dream at US Airways Center on Tuesday, August 5 at 7 p.m.
Note: The Mercury honored coaching legend Lin Dunn - who is retiring at the end of the 2014 season - prior to tipoff. Thanks for everything you've done for women's basketball, coach!
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mistie Bass was huge off the bench for Phoenix. Bass scored six points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in just 16 minutes of action. Her energy off the bench was invaluable.
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
34.8 and 19.0 - the shooting percentages the Mercury forced the Fever into from the field and the three-point line respectively. The Mercury defense led the WNBA in opponent scoring coming into tonight and only improved upon those numbers. Phoenix held Indiana to 69 points on 23-of-66 shooting (34.8 percent), including 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) shooting in the final period. It marked the third time in the last four games that the Mercury held its opponent under 40 percent from the field and the 10th time this season overall.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT