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Notes & Quotes: Mercury Beat Wings. 75-72

Phoenix Notes

  • With tonight’s 75-72 win, the Mercury extended its win streak to a league-best six straight wins and move to 8-3 on the season.
  • The Mercury moved to a perfect 8-0 on the season when the trio of Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner each score 12 or more points.
  • Phoenix has now won four straight road games, tying for the third-most consecutive road wins in a season in franchise history (won four consecutive road games in 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2000…The Mercury won five straight road games in 2013 and seven straight in 2014.
  • The Mercury picked up its first win of the season when trailing at the half…Phoenix entered tonight 0-3 when trailing at the intermission.
  • Ranking 2nd in the WNBA entering tonight in team assists, the Mercury dished 19 assists in tonight’s win.
  • The Mercury continued to take advantage of its trips to the free throw line, shooting 90.9 percent (20-of-22) from the line this evening.
  • After being named Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Brittney Griner scored 18 points to go along with three blocks.
  • Diana Taurasi knocked down three three-pointers tonight en route to a game-high 21 points…Taurasi finished a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line this evening moving to 55of-57 on the season from the charity stripe.
  • Sancho Little recorded a double-double this evening, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
  • Phoenix returns to action this Saturday, June 16 when the Mercury take on the Connecticut Sun in the team’s annual PRIDE Night at home inside Talking Stick Resort Arena

Dallas Notes

  • The Dallas Wings are 4-4 for the season and 2-1 at home.
  • The Wings biggest run of the night was in the third quarter when the team went on a 12-0 run to gain the lead the back.
  • Inside the paint the Wings score double than the Mercury 38 points to the Mercury’s 18.
  • On the fast break, the Wings scored 15 points beating their season best of 14 which also occurred against the Mercury on 5/18. The Wings held the Mercury to just six points.
  • Five Wings players recorded double figures for the night.
  • Skylar Diggins-Smith led all scorers for the night with 16 points. It marks as the fifth time this season she has scored the highest points for the Wings.
  • Kayla Thornton led the team in total boards grabbing eight. She also recorded double figures for the fifth time this season with 12 points.
  • Allisha Gray’s 13 points for the night marks as the third consecutive game she has reached double digits.
  • Liz Cambage ended the night with 10 points and six boards.
  • Off the bench, Glory Johnson led all reserves with 10 points.

Phoenix Quotes

HEAD COACH SANDY BRONDELLO

On Diana Taurasi: “She is a winner. She is in the greatest shape of her career. I think she really worked hard in the offseason and it shows. This is her third game in five days. She just competed tonight. We started slow as a team in the first quarter, but we got it going. The work that she did in the offseason is really showing. To be able to do what she’s doing at her age, that is amazing.”

CENTER BRITTNEY GRINER

On guarding Liz Cambage “She is a beast down there. She is big and I am saying that. She puts that ball up high and uses her body well. She moves really well. She is that big and she moves really well. She has great touch too, you saw her hit that three.” On guarding the paint “We just tried to pack it in. Skylar [Diggins-Smith] and Liz [Cambage] have a great chemistry together in the pick and roll. We knew we had to pack it in no matter what. If they score, they are going to have to work for it.”

GUARD DIANA TAURASI

On tonight’s game “I kind of got off to a tough start tonight. When you are young, you kind of get frustrated when you are out of the game. But as you gain experience everything slows down for you. Dallas played a tough game. They are up and coming, young and feisty.” On Skylar Diggins-Smith “When I watch her play, there is a real fight in her that I love. She is not out there to make friends or anything like that. That is how you get to the next level. There has to be something about you that sets you apart. And the season she is having this year is just incredible.”

Dallas Quotes

Wings Head Coach Fred Williams

On tonight’s game: “My initial thoughts are that I was not really happy with some of the situational outcomes on our end that didn’t go for us. I thought it got physical and you just have to play though it.”

On responding to adversity: “I thought we did (stay in the moment). We fought through a lot of things. I’m trying to use my words wisely to you. You can only go to the huddle so often and tell them to keep going through it.”

Wings center Liz Cambage

On moving forward after tonight’s game: “I guess we’ve just got to do better.”

Wings forward Glory Johnson

On playing close games: “We had our lead. I think it’s a little different this season- we’re struggling to hold our leads and keep them to the end of the game. It’s a little different for us. We’re just trying to maintain the energy through the entire game. We’ve made our runs and they make theirs. The goal is to make more at the end of the game….whatever it might be, we are just hitting that wall at the end of the game. We’re trying to fix our mistakes.”