Posted: Aug. 19, 2007
The regular season Western Conference champion Phoenix Mercury finished the 2007 regular season with a franchise-record 23 wins. The previous mark of 20 was held by the 2000 club (20-12).
Phoenix ended the season a franchise-record 12 games above .500. Entering 2007 only the 2000 team had been even nine games above .500.
The Mercury finished the regular season with a 12-2 (.857) record after the All-Star Break with the only two losses coming vs. Los Angeles and at Seattle. Over the last two seasons, Phoenix is 22-8 (.733) after the break.
Phoenix won 11 of its final 12 games and went 16-4 after falling to .500, 7-7, on June 22.
The Mercury have won six consecutive games against the Monarchs overall and swept the season series (4-0) for the third time all-time (1997, 1998). Before this stretch the Mercury had dropped 12 of the previous 14.
KEY STAT OF THE NIGHT
Phoenix set a WNBA record for scoring average for the second consecutive season, surpassing their own record of 87.1 set in 2006. The Mercury became just the second WNBA team all-time to lead the league in scoring in back-to-back seasons.
KEY RUN OF THE NIGHT
Leading by two ,45-43, with 7:49 left in the third quarter, the Mercury used a 15-2 run over the next 4:45 to take a 60-45 lead. The Mercury led by double digits the rest of the way.
Phoenix increased its WNBA-best scoring average to 89.0 points per game and is averaging 94.1 points in their last 12 games. The 89.0 points is the equivalent of 106.8 points in a 48-minute NBA game, which would have trailed only the Phoenix Suns (110.2) in 2006-07.
For the second consecutive year, the Mercury have two 600-point scorers on the season in PENNY TAYLOR (605) and DIANA TAURASI (613). Taurasi (860) and CAPPIE PONDEXTER (624) last season became the first teammates in WNBA history to score at least 600 points in the same season.
The Mercury held the Monarchs to an opponent season-low 28.0 percent (23-of-82) shooting from the field tonight, including just 2-of-18 (.111) from behind the arc.
DIANA TAURASI recorded her team-leading 15th 20-point effort with 24 points tonight.
Phoenix is 12-1 in 2007 when holding opponents to under 80 points.
REBEKKAH BRUNSON led the Monarchs in scoring and recorded her tenth double-double of the season with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
YOLANDA GRIFFITH recorded her 4,000th career point with her ninth point tonight (3:44 remaining in the first half) and finished with 11 points.