Mercury Not Satisfied With Strong Start

By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com
Posted: July 22, 2014

The numbers speak for themselves.

An 18-3 record heading into the WNBA All-Star break, the best record in the league. Fifteen games over .500 for the first time in franchise history.

Indeed, it’s an impressive start but the Mercury continues to focus on the bigger picture.

That is to say, they want more...and are more than willing to put in the work to get there.

“Look, we’re happy with the start,” Sandy Brondello said. “But we want to keep building. We’re taking everything one day at a time and will continue to prepare with the same process every day. It doesn’t change how hard we’ll continue to work.

“For us, it’s about the process.”

The process that Brondello is referring to is the continual focus on improving the details in the team’s all-around game – getting better position on defense, emphasizing ball movement, attacking the glass on both ends of the floor and taking smart, effective shots.

Thus far, that philosophy has worked. The Mercury has won by double digits in 12 of their 18 wins and own a league-high point differential of +10.04 points per game.

In 2012 and 2013 combined, the Mercury had a total of six double-digit wins. This year, seven of the 12 wins during the current streak have been by double digits.

It sounds simple, but maintaining that level of intensity throughout the course of a season isn’t easy. Luckily for the Mercury, they have multiple veteran leaders who inspire confidence.

“I think everyone from the top down knows that right now we haven’t scratched the surface of where we want to be,” Diana Taurasi said. “Yeah, the win streak is great – and it’s obviously better than losing – but we have bigger things that we want to accomplish, and this is just a part of the journey.

“If anything, we have to work even harder now.”