Mercury Announces 2014 Schedule
Coming off its fourth Western Conference Finals trip in the last five seasons, Phoenix will tip-off the quest for its third WNBA championship on Saturday, May 17, hosting the rival Seattle Storm at US Airways Center. The Mercury’s 34-game slate runs through August 17 and gives Phoenix fans 17 regular season opportunities to see a loaded roster that includes six-time All-Star Diana Taurasi and 2013 No. 1 overall pick and rookie All-Star starter Brittney Griner.
For a second consecutive season, the Mercury will appear on national television six times, the most of any team in the league (Minnesota, Los Angeles, Chicago will also appear six times). Tilts against West rivals Seattle (June 3 at Phoenix, July 22 at Seattle), the Los Angeles Sparks (July 6 at Los Angeles, July 29 at Phoenix) and Minnesota Lynx (June 15 at Minnesota) will all be nationally televised, as well as a visit from the Washington Mystics (July 15 at Phoenix). The league’s NBA TV slate and the Mercury’s local Fox Sports Arizona schedule will both be announced at a later date.
The Mercury’s 34-game schedule will be played over 93 days and this season will feature four back-to-back sets, the club’s most in a single season since the 2006 campaign. Phoenix opens with a back-to-back set, hosting Seattle and then traveling to Los Angeles to take on the Sparks on May 18 at STAPLES Center. The Mercury will close the season playing four games in six days, a rigorous stretch that includes two back-to-back sets and four games in four different cities: Aug. 12 at New York, Aug. 13 at Atlanta, Aug. 16 vs. Los Angeles, Aug. 17 at Seattle.
Four of Phoenix’s first five games will be played at US Airways Center, and six of the club’s final 11 regular season games will be played at home. Nine of the Mercury’s 17 home games overall will be played on the weekend, including three Friday night contests, five Saturday night tilts and one Sunday afternoon game.
Phoenix will be tested early with a season-long five-game road trip from June 6-15 that will see the club visit the Tulsa Shock (June 6), San Antonio Silver Stars (June 7), Washington (June 10), Connecticut Sun (June 12) and Minnesota (June 15). It will be the Mercury’s longest road trip since 2009.
And, don’t forget, the WNBA’s annual midseason showcase game returns to the desert this summer as the Mercury and US Airways Center host Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 on July 19 at 12:30 p.m.