Shock Beat Mercury in Finals Rematch
PHOENIX, June 14 (AP) -- Rookie Tasha Humphrey scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Detroit Shock to an 89-79 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday in a rematch of last year's championship series.
The game was the first between the teams since the Mercury beat Detroit in game five of the finals Sept. 16 to win the WNBA title.
The former Georgia star was 10-of-15 shots from the floor and added eight rebounds to help the Shock (8-3) break a two-game losing streak. Her previous best was eight points against Los Angeles on June 11.
Shock rookie Alexis Hornbuckle, a 5-foot-11 guard from Tennessee, grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds, and Detroit outrebounded Phoenix 51-41 overall. Katie Smith added 18 points for the Shock, Deanna Nolan had 14, and Hornbuckle finished with 11.
The loss dropped Phoenix to 2-6. Only Washington and Houston have fewer wins.
To exacerbate the Mercury's difficulties, Diana Taurasi, coming off a WNBA season-high of 37 points against Seattle, shot a miserable 1-for-13 for just nine points. Adding to her frustration, the all-league performer fouled out and picked up just four rebounds in her 34 minutes of playing time. Coming into the game, Taurasi, in her fourth year out of Connecticut, led the league in scoring with a 25.6 average.
Cappie Pondexter led the Mercury with 28 points, and Le'coe Willingham added 17.