Mercury Beat Sky, Win Ninth Straight
All five Mercury starters scored in double figures as Phoenix won their ninth straight game Friday evening over the Sky in Chicago, 72-66.
Now with a record of 15-3 on the year, Phoenix maintains the best record in the WNBA. For comparison's sake, last year the Mercury won their 15th game on August 31, 2013 - their 28th game of the season.
Brittney Griner was a force in the paint finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Candice Dupree continued her push for a deserving All-Star nod with another double-double (a franchise-leading 28th) with 11 points and 11 boards. Diana Taurasi added 19 points and five assists.
Phoenix didn't shoot all that well from the floor (37 percent) but seven made three-pointers compared to the Sky's one ended up being a major factor in the win. That, and forcing Chicago into just 40 percent shooting from the floor and 16 percent from beyond the arc.
"We dug deep tonight," Sandy Brondello said after the game. "Our defense was great. Sometimes that is what you have to do to win."
The Mercury returns home to face the visiting San Antonio Stars at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. Michele Timms, the legend herself, will be in attendance!
The second half. After scoring 15 and 14 points in the first and second quarters respectively, Phoenix poured in 22 and 21 in the third and fourth quarters.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Candice Dupree should be an All-Star. But don't take our word for it. Tonight Dupree tallied her 28th double-double as a Mercury (fourth on the year) which is a franchise record.
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
40 - the number of rebounds grabbed by the Mercury, compared to the Sky's 32. Rebounding - especially in a game where they didn't shoot the ball well from the field - was huge for Phoenix tonight.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT