OFFICIAL: Mercury Clinches Playoff Berth
PHOENIX – The two-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury’s chase for a third WNBA title begins now as the team officially clinched the ninth playoff berth in team history tonight, the fifth in the last six seasons. Tonight’s 89-71 win in Seattle extended a franchise-record win streak to 13 games, tied for the third-longest and one of only four streaks of 13 or more games in WNBA history.
The 2014 WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile begin Aug. 21. The Mercury’s postseason schedule has not yet been determined.
Single-game tickets for Game 1 of the Mercury’s opening round series will go on sale to the general public Friday, July 25 at NOON. X-Factor Members (season ticket holders) have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets to Game 1 during the pre-sale event beginning Wednesday, July 23 at NOON. Round 1, Game 1 playoff tickets start at $17 and can be purchased at PhoenixMercury.com.
Phoenix is a WNBA-best 19-3 (.864) and has held the best record in the league for more than a month. WNBA All-Stars Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Candice Dupree have led the team on the court, while Sandy Brondello—in her first season as head coach of the Mercury—has had one of the most successful starts to a head coaching tenure in league history.
History has been made on the court this season as Taurasi became the WNBA’s second-leading all-time scorer and Griner blocked a WNBA record 11 shots in a game and is on pace to set the single-season record. The Mercury will look to make history again during the playoffs by winning their third WNBA championship, a feat only accomplished by one other team, the Houston Comets.
A key to the success of the Mercury this season has been the X-Factor. The best fans in the WNBA have helped the Mercury to a franchise-record 10-1 (.909) home record and a current nine-game home winning streak. Phoenix has been dominant at the US Airways Center all season long, outscoring opponents by an average of 14.8 points per game.