Postgame Notes

Posted: July 15, 2008

  • The Mercury are now 1.5 games behind Minnesota for the fourth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

  • The loss drops the Phoenix’s record to 9-12 overall and 4-5 at US Airways Center.

  • The Mercury’s record fell to 14-6 (.700) when playing San Antonio in the Valley of the Sun and 24-18 (.571) overall.

  • After winning seven consecutive contests from June 28-July 11 to take over the lead for first place in the Western Conference, the Silver Stars avoided losing a season-high tying second-straight game and remain the West’s first seed. San Antonio lost to L.A. last night.

  • The Mercury are 5-5 in their last 10 games overall.

  • The Mercury are now 1.5 games behind Minnesota for the fourth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

  • The loss drops the Phoenix’s record to 9-12 overall and 4-5 at US Airways Center.

  • The Mercury’s record fell to 14-6 (.700) when playing San Antonio in the Valley of the Sun and 24-18 (.571) overall.

  • After winning seven consecutive contests from June 28-July 11 to take over the lead for first place in the Western Conference, the Silver Stars avoided losing a season-high tying second-straight game and remain the West’s first seed. San Antonio lost to L.A. last night.

  • The Mercury are 5-5 in their last 10 games overall.

    KEY STAT OF THE NIGHT

    After scoring a season-high 29 first quarter points, the Mercury were held to a season-low for points scored in the third quarter with 13. Phoenix shot just 36.4 percent from the field (16-of-44) in the second half.

    KEY RUN OF THE NIGHT

    After trailing 48-47 at the start of the second half, the Silver Stars went on a 21-7 over the next 6:47 to take a 68-55 lead. The Mercury never got within six points the rest of the way.

    MERCURY HIGHLIGHTS

  • After scoring 10 points on 2-of-6 (.333) shooting at Sacramento on Saturday, TANGELA SMITH scored 10 points in tonight’s first quarter while shooting 4-of-5 (.800) from the floor. Smith finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds.

  • CAPPIE PONDEXTER scored a team-high tying 23 points while dishing a team-high seven assists.

  • The dynamic duo of DIANA TAURASI and CAPPIE PONDEXTER each scored more than 20 points for the second-straight time at US Airways Center. Taurasi (23) and Pondexter (23) have both scored 20 or more points in the same game ten times this season.

    SILVER STARS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Five Silver Star players broke the double-digit mark for points tonight. SOPHIA YOUNG (26), ERIN BUESCHER(15), ANN WAUTERS (15), BECKY HAMMON (19) and VICKIE JOHNSON (10) combined for all but 12 of the Silver Star’s 97 points.

  • ERIN BUESCHER scored a season-high 15 points on 6-of-11 (.545) shooting.

  • VICKIE JOHNSON dished a season-high tying eight assists.

  • The Silver Stars handed out 25 assists on 33-made field goals.

    NEXT GAME

    The Mercury will host the Los Angeles Sparks on FSN this Thursday at 7 p.m.