Taurasi, Taylor named to All-WNBA First Team

Mercury Notebook: Foul Trouble Limits, Frustrates Taurasi

By Mark Heller
Sept. 6, 2007

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Though her place as team spokeswoman and all-around extrovert is unmatched, it’s possible the fines and even a two-game suspension from earlier this season stuck in Diana Taurasi’s craw, if only briefly.

Saddled with foul trouble during the Mercury’s 108-100 loss Wednesday in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, Taurasi bit her tongue afterward. Sort of.

Her frustration with the officiating was loud and clear throughout the game, but she chose her words somewhat carefully.

“Forget aggressiveness, it took away (playing time). Geno Auriemma (her college coach at Connecticut) always said, 'you’re no help watching,’ ” Taurasi said.

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Saddled with four first-half fouls, Taurasi hit a pair of outside shots and was starting to drive to the basket in the third quarter when she was called for a fifth foul.

She returned with seven minutes left but was called for a charge with five minutes left to play.

The league’s third-leading scorer this season finished with 10 points and four turnovers in 22 minutes.


Taurasi and Penny Taylor were named to the first team All-WNBA team. The Mercury duo were joined by San Antonio guard Becky Hammon, Shock guard Deanna Nolan and Seattle forward Lauren Jackson.

As expected, Jackson was named the league’s MVP. She averaged 23.8 points and 9.7 rebounds.


Shock All-Star forward Cheryl Ford (knee) didn’t play in Game 1 and won’t practice this week. “We won’t know until we get there on game day,” Shock coach Bill Laimbeer said. “And even then we won’t know.” … Mercury guard Kelly Mazzante took a shot to her mouth in the fourth quarter and was in obvious pain but is expected to be ready for Saturday’s Game 2.

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