Posted: August 25, 2007
- Phoenix is the first team to advance in the 2007 WNBA Playoffs with a 2-0 sweep of the Seattle Storm in the Western Conference Semifinals.
- The Mercury swept a series 2-0 for the first time in franchise history and advance to the WNBA Western (1998 Finals berth came before current conference bracket format). The Mercury will face the winner of the San Antonio/Sacramento series which will be decided Monday at San Antonio.
- Phoenix won its second postseason series in franchise history, first since the 1998 WNBA Semi-Finals vs. Cleveland Rockers.
- In clinching the series tonight the Phoenix Mercury won their seventh consecutive game (including regular season). The Mercury have not lost since an August 4th defeat at Key Arena in Seattle and have not lost at home since a July 20th loss to Los Angeles. The Mercury won a franchise-record seven consecutive games to close the 2006 regular season.
- Phoenix has won consecutive playoff games for the second time in franchise history. The Mercury won back-to-back playoff games previously on Aug. 25 and Aug. 27, 1998.
- Seattle fell to 2-2 all-time when losing the opening game of a best-of-three playoff series, including victories in their last two consecutive. The Storm is 2-6 (.250) in playoff games over the last three postseasons since winning the 2004 WNBA championship.
With 2:50 left in the fourth quarter and the game tied at 85, the Mercury went on a 10-4 run the rest of the way to defeat the Storm 95-89. DIANA TAURASI scored five of those points, including a three-pointer with 2:29 remaining that broke the tie and put the Mercury ahead for good.
- The Mercury are averaging 98.0 points in the 2007 WNBA Playoffs. Thatís the equivalent of 117.6 points in a 48-minute NBA game.
- One game after becoming the first team in WNBA playoff history to have three players score 20 or more in the same game, the Mercury came within two points of doing it again. CAPPIE PONDEXTER scored a game-high 25 points and is averaging 23.0 points per game in the 2007 WNBA Playoffs. Pondexter was a Mercury playoff-record 10-of-10 (1.000) from the free-throw line. The makes, attempts and makes without a miss were all franchise postseason records.
- Four of the five Mercury starters scored 15 or more points. DIANA TAURASI finished with 20 points, PENNY TAYLOR tallied 18, and KELLY MILLER recorded 16.
- The Mercury forced 32 Storm turnovers in this series while committing just 18. Phoenix scored 50 points in two games off of those Seattle turnovers.
- After being held to just 16 points and nine rebounds in Game 1, LAUREN JACKSON, the bounced back and led the Storm with 22 points and 14 rebounds tonight. Jackson was the league leader in both points and rebounds during the regular season, averaging 23.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.