WNBA Finals Game 1 Postgame Notes

  • Phoenix won Game 1 120-116. In all-time WNBA Finals history, the team that wins Game 1 is 6-5 in the series overall (excluding 1997, which was a one-game championship).

  • Phoenix is now 5-4 all-time in WNBA Finals games and 15-10 in WNBA Playoffs Games. Indiana is 0-1 in WNBA Finals games and 12-12 all-time in the WNBA Playoffs.

  • Indiana broke its streak of four straight wins at the US Airways Center.

  • Indiana (116) and Phoenix (120) combined for the most points (236) in a WNBA Playoffs game.
    • Phoenix set the WNBA record for playoffs or regular for points in a game 120. Indiana also surpassed the WNBA record for points in a game (115; Phoenix, June 12, 2009).
    • The teams also combined for the most points in a game in league history, playoffs or regular season. The previous high was 221 by Phoenix (111) and Houston (110) in triple overtime on August 10, 2006.

  • Phoenix has now scored 100 or more points in eight playoff games. The rest of the WNBA has scored 100 or more points in five playoff games.

  • Phoenix set a franchise record for points in a postseason or regular season game with 120.

  • Indiana had never scored 100 points in a playoff game before tonight. The team has only scored 100 points in a game once (103) in franchise history, against Phoenix on Sept. 14, 2008.

  • The Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury both set the record for most points in the first quarter with 31 each.
    • The two teams combined for the most points in the first quarter

  • Phoenix set a WNBA Finals record for points in the first half with 56. Indiana set a franchise record for points in the first half with 53.
    • The two teams combined to set a WNBA Finals for points in the first half with 109.

  • Phoenix set a WNBA Finals record for assists in a quarter with nine in the first quarter.
    • Indiana then tied that record in the third quarter.

  • Phoenix hit the second-most three pointers in one quarter in the first quarter (6). The high is seven by Phoenix at Detroit, Sept. 8, 2007.

  • Indiana tied the record for most field goals in a half (21) in WNBA Finals history (three previous times).

  • Indiana set a WNBA Finals record for points in the third quarter with 33.

  • Ebony Hoffman set a career high with 27 points. Her previous career high was 26 in a triple-overtime game against New York on June 26, 2008.

  • Tamika Catchings scored eight points, marking the second-lowest playoff point total in her career. Her career playoff low is seven, set in Games 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Detroit.

  • Indiana set a WNBA Finals record for field goals made with 45. The previous record was 35 (three times).
    • The two teams combined for a WNBA Finals record for field goals made with 83. The previous record was 69 by Phoenix (35) at Detroit (34), Sept. 5, 2007.

  • Cappie Pondexter, Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor each scored over 20 points to mark the first time any team has had three or more players with 20 points in a WNBA Finals game.
    • Ebony Hoffman and Katie Douglas each scored over 20 points to tie for the second-most players with 20 or more points.
    • Phoenix and Indiana combined for five players with 20 or more points. The previous record was four (twice; most recent, Detroit (2) vs Phoenix (2), Sept. 5, 2007.

  • Katie Douglas set a WNBA Playoffs career high with 30 points. Her previous career high was 27 on August 27, 2007 against Indiana in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

  • Phoenix made the second-most free throws (32; tied, Houston vs. New York, Sept. 4, 1999) in WNBA Finals history.

  • Indiana scored 52 points in the paint compared to Phoenix’s 36.

  • The Phoenix bench scored 45 points compared to 18 by the Indiana bench.

  • Nicole Ohlde played 20 minutes and scored two points but had a plus/minus of +24. Only Penny Taylor (+25 in 27 minutes with 23 points) had a higher plus/minus.

  • Eleven combined players made a three pointer tonight.

  • Diana Taurasi recorded a game-high nine rebounds.

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