Griner's 11 Blocks Lead Mercury Over Shock
Brittney Griner continues to have a stellar second season in the WNBA, and she can now add "most blocks in a single game" to her growing list of accolades.
Phoenix beat the Tulsa Shock 80-77 on Sunday behind 21 points, 11 blocks (a single-game WNBA record) and eight rebounds from Griner.
The Mercury (11-3) has now won five games in a row. Perhaps even more encouraging, the Mercury improved to 6-2 on the road this season giving them their best eight-game road-start in franchise history.
In the first half, Phoenix fell behind by double-digits at one point and was outrebounded by 12. In the second half, the Mercury was much more aggressive on both ends of the floor scoring 29 and 20 points in the third and fourth quarters respectively.
Five players scored in double figures for Phoenix (Griner, Taurasi, Taylor, Dupree, Bonner) as the Mercury held the Shock to just 31 percent shooting from the floor and 24 percent from the three-point line.
Phoenix assisted on 15 of their 25 field goals including a game-high eight from Diana Taurasi. Indeed, an increasingly positive sign of things to come has been the consistent play of Penny Taylor, who with 17 points tonight has now scored 15 or more points in three straight games.
The Mercury is now 9-2 this season against the Western Conference. Phoenix went 9-13 against the West in 2013.
After going their quick road trip 2-0, the Mercury heads home to face the Chicago Sky on Wednesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center.
The second half. After scoring just 31 points in the first and second quarters, Phoenix erupted for 49 points in the third and fourth while holding Tulsa to 40 points in the second half.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Finishing two rebounds shy of a triple-double, Brittney Griner certainly gets the nod here - 21 points, 11 blocks and eight rebounds in the win for the second year star.
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
11 - the number of blocks Brittney Griner finished with, a single-game WNBA record.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT