Mercury Falls to Lynx in Minnesota
There’s no way around it: Minnesota out-played the Mercury in every aspect tonight.
In fact, Minnesota’s response was to be expected after losing to the Los Angeles Sparks by 30 points recently. Needless to say, Minnesota came out motivated.
In their third of five meetings this season, the Lynx continued their dominance of Phoenix this year in a 91-59 win over the Mercury.
The Lynx now own an eight-game series win streak and have won ten of the last 11 meetings overall. Phoenix’s last win in the series cam on Aug. 9, 2011 at US Airways Center.
The Mercury, now at 8-5, falls to third place in the Western Conference. Of their five losses, three of them have come against the Lynx.
This was one of those games where Minnesota played with more energy and determination on both ends of the floor.
"They do the same thing every game,” said Diana Taurasi after the game. “That is what makes them so good. They stay consistent to who they are every game, so that's what they do."
Indeed, a quick look at the box score will tell you all you need to know about the game. Minnesota shot better from the field, took better care of the ball, protected the paint and was more aggressive to the rim.
The Lynx also took 35 foul shots (making 26) while the Mercury took just five. Phoenix finished with 27 fouls while Minnesota had 11 calls go against them. Candice Dupree was the only Mercury player to hit double-digits in scoring (12).
"I don't know,” said Dupree when asked about the team’s struggles against the Lynx. “They played well and we got into an early hole and it's hard to dig yourself out of a hole that deep. Closed it to 10 at halftime but it was still too much.
“I think we have to be the ones who are the aggressors to start off the game and not Minnesota."
A loss like this can seem worse than it actually was.
Meaning, it’s important to remember that the Mercury has now won eight of their last 10 games after starting the season at 0-3. Additionally, the team had won a franchise-record five-straight road games before their loss in Minnesota tonight.
"No, it's another loss,” Corey Gaines said after being asked if this game was a tough loss. “We will see them again when it counts. Bad game for us, good game for them, equals a loss. We will see them again. We have been getting better as the season goes on.
“We will be ready for them when it comes down to the money time."
So, while the outcome certainly wasn’t what any of the X-factor wanted, Phoenix has a great opportunity to bounce back at home on Wednesday against the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Maya Moore scored 14 of her 23 points in the third quarter and the Minnesota Lynx earned their 10th straight victory over Phoenix. The Mercury's 59 points were a season-low.
Quote of the Night: Cheryl Reeve
"There's not very many nights when you're going to have the good fortune of holding one of the world's greatest players [Diana Taurasi] to just four points."