1 2 3 4 F Stars (11-11) 16 16 11 18 61 Phoenix Mercury (16-3) 22 30 16 22 90
GAME LEADERS K. Alexander
Dupree leads Mercury to 10th straight win
PHOENIX (AP) - Candice Dupree scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half as the Phoenix Mercury lengthened their franchise-best winning streak to 10 games with a 90-61 victory Sunday over the San Antonio Stars.
The Mercury (16-3) used a second quarter run to take a 20-point lead at the break and led by as much as 31 in the second half in winning their 12th game in the last 13 and have the best record in the league by 1 1/2 games with the All-Star break coming at the end of the week.
Diana Taurasi had nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 24 minutes while Brittney Griner recorded 10 points, six rebounds and a blocked shot. She has 75 blocks on the season, more than twice as many as any other player in the league.
The last Mercury loss was 96-95 at Connecticut on June 12.
Phoenix held Stars rookie Kayla McBride, the team's second-leading scorer, to four points on 1-of-11 shooting. Danielle Robinson had eight points and Jayne Appel added six points and seven rebounds for San Antonio (11-11), which has lost two straight after winning four of five.
None of the Mercury starters played in the fourth quarter.
Dupree had 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the first half for Phoenix, which made seven of their last nine shots. Taurasi was held scoreless until the final 2:17 of the half, but scored nine points in that span as Phoenix finished on a 10-2 run. She also had seven assists and four rebounds in the half as Phoenix led 52-32. The Stars never really challenged in the second half.
Phoenix is 8-1 at home, the only loss coming to San Antonio, 78-74, on May 23. The 16-3 record also represents a franchise mark for the best record after 19 games.
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