Shock Lose to Mercury For Second Time in Three Days
The Mercury finished the first quarter with a 36-9 lead by shooting 15-of-17 from the field including 5-of-5 from three while holding the Shock to just 4-of-19 (21.1 percent) from the field. The 102 points given up and the 39-point margin of defeat were both season highs for the Shock.
"They have an awesome team with a lot of experienced players, you can’t undermine that," Coach Teresa Edwards. "Of course they play like all-stars, the Olympians that they are. Without more than a day to prepare its tough, but you can’t use that as an excuse. You just have to learn to adjust and keep plugging away.”
The Mercury extended its lead to 60-28 at halftime. Through two quarters, the Mercury shot 76.7 percent from the field.
“I think that we were pretty focused, it is a new start, it is a new day and I really think we wanted to close that chapter from before," Kayla Pedersen said. "I think we were pretty focused, I know that the score didn’t show it in the first half but it is going to get better.”
Tiffany Jackson led the Shock with 19 points and Elizabeth Cambage contributed 15 off the bench. Combined, Cambage and Jackson shot 14-of-22 but the rest of the Shock players shot only 10-of-42. Pedersen was the only other Shock player in double-figures with 11 points.
“Phoenix is a great team and it is hard for Coach Edwards to switch or change anything up in that short of a time period,” Jackson said. "I definitely don’t think we want to get into a half court game; those are not our intentions at all. Liz is a big target so when we do have to slow it down we are fortunate enough to have her.”
Pedersen has now scored in double-figures in 10 of the Shock's last 11 games. Cambage has scored in double-figures in all but one of the Shock's 12 games.
Sunday's game was the first for Teresa Edwards as the head coach of the team and despite the loss, she walked away feeling proud of her team.
“I’m actually proud of my girls; I know we pissed Phoenix off Friday at our place, so I’m proud of them today," Edwards said. "They listened to me, they tried to give me everything that I asked of them to give me and they haven’t been to an arena this far with me so I thought they strayed as composed as they possibly could be.”