By Chris Bernucca
June 18, 2008: Scoreboard |
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|| Terrific Turnaround for Taurasi
Mercury reach triple digits in win over Sun: Off to a 2-6 start and anticipating a five-game road trip, the defending champion
Phoenix Mercury needed a win Wednesday as their tough early season schedule continued with
a showdown against the Connecticut Sun, the top team in the Eastern Conference. All-Star
swingman Diana Taurasi was coming off
one of the worst performances of her career, shooting just 1-of-13 and fouling out in Saturday's home loss to
Detroit. The season-low nine points dropped her behind teammate Cappie Pondexter in the race for the
WNBA scoring lead. But Taurasi bounced back with one of her better games, torching the Sun
for 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting - including 3-of-6 3-pointers - as Phoenix erupted for a
league season-high total in routing Connecticut.
Ironically, the previous season high was held by the Sun, who scored 100 points vs. Atlanta
on Opening Day. En route to a 23-11 mark last year, the Mercury scored in triple digits
times, then added four more 100-point games in the postseason. They went 9-3 in those games
as they won the championship.
Dreaming of a win: The expansion Atlanta
Dream are finding their first win to be very elusive. Wednesday's home loss to San Antonio
dropped the Dream to 0-11, two losses shy of the WNBA record for worst start set by the
2003 Detroit Shock. Atlanta visits Washington on Friday and hosts Detroit on Sunday. Last
year, Houston got off to an 0-10 start. ... In Houston's home loss to Washington,
Comets swingman Hamchetou Maiga-Ba had
a league season-high eight steals. Detroit rookie Alexis Hornbuckle
had seven steals vs. Houston on Opening Day.
ALSO MAKING HEADLINES ... || |
"At this point, it's kind of like I'm kamikaze because I'm so happy to be out there. I'm
just flying here and flying there."
-- Indiana Fever forward Tamika
Catchings, who sat out the first half but totaled 11 points, five rebounds and three
steals in 14 second-half minutes in Wednesday's home win over New York,
her second game back from a torn Achilles' tendon.
17 pts, 6-9 FG, 1-1 3-pt FG, 4-5 FT
102-81 win vs.
21 pts, 10-15 FG
80-67 win vs.
Janel McCarville, Liberty
23 pts, 8-14 FG, 7-8 FT
83-69 loss at
1-9 FG, 2 pts
80-67 loss at
2-11 FG, 0-3 3-pt FG, 10 pts
81-66 loss vs. Silver
0-6 FG, 2 pts
83-69 loss at
Friday's Games ...
Atlanta at Washington, 6 p.m. ET
Minnesota at Detroit, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Los Angeles at San Antonio, 8 p.m. ET
Chicago at Phoenix, 10 p.m. ET
Connecticut at Sacramento, 10 p.m. ET
Indiana at Seattle, 10 p.m. ET
In her last three games, San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon managed just 30 points and 10
assists - not bad numbers, but certainly below her standards. Hammon's subpar play did not
seem to affect the Silver Stars, who won all three of those games. But in Wednesday's win at Atlanta, Hammon
broke out of her "slump" with 25 points and nine assists, both season highs. Hammon, who
lay for Russia in this summer's Olympics, made 7-of-10 shots - including a pair of
3-pointers - and all nine of her free throws. Hammon also had four steals, another season
high, as San Antonio won its fourth straight game.
Is Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace
Parker tired? That would be understandable, given that the Rookie Rankings leader
went directly from a national championship run at Tennessee to a whirlwind publicity tour
as the first pick in the WNBA draft to training camp. Parker had a sensational pro debut
with 34 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in a nationally televised win over Phoenix.
However, Parker has not scored more than 19 points in nine games since. Also, she is
averaging 7.3 rebounds in her last four games after registering 11.1 boards in her first
six games. In Wednesday's home win over Chicago,
Parker had 14 points and six rebounds, numbers much closer to her season lows than her