WNBA Finals Game 2 Postgame Notes

  • Indiana evened the series 1-1 by winning Game 2 93-84, the first WNBA Finals win in franchise history.
    • Phoenix was 1-1 after two games in the 2007 WNBA Finals before going on to win the Championship.

  • Indiana is 5-2 in the 2009 WNBA Playoffs while Phoenix is 5-3
    • The Mercury averaged 83.5 points per game in the two previous losses in the 2009 WNBA Playoffs.

  • Phoenix is now 5-5 all-time in WNBA Finals games and 15-11 in WNBA Playoff games. Indiana is 1-1 in WNBA Finals games and 12-13 all-time in the WNBA Playoffs.

  • The Mercury and Fever played in front of 16,758 fans, the largest home playoff crowd in franchise history. The previous high was 16,751 against the New York on August 28, 1997.

  • Indiana tied the record for points in the first quarter with 31. Indiana and Phoenix both set the record in Game 1. This game marks the fourth consecutive time that Indiana has scored 31 points in the first quarter at the US Airways Center.

  • Diana Taurasi tied the WNBA Finals record for blocks in a half with four (three previous times).

  • Penny Taylor was the leading scorer in the first half off the bench with 14 points.
    • Taylor finished the game with 14 points.
    • She left the game with 3:33 remaining in the third quarter due to a laceration in her lip. She did not return.

  • Indiana played 10 players in the first half. In Game 1, the Fever used only eight.

  • Tamika Catchings fell one rebound short of a triple-double. Catchings had 19 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
    • There has never been a triple-double in WNBA Finals history.
    • The only triple-double in WNBA Playoffs history was by Sheryl Swoopes on September 3, 2005 against Seattle. Swoopes had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
    • Catchings tied the WNBA Finals record for assists in a game which has been accomplished three times by Nikki Teasley.
    • The Fever had 17 assists as a whole.

  • Indiana’s 16 fourth quarter points were the lowest by a team in a quarter in this series.

  • After being outscored 45-17 in bench points in Game 1, the Indiana Fever’s bench outscored the Phoenix Mercury’s 30-22.

  • The Mercury scored only nine second-chance points in Game 2 after scoring 24 in Game 1.

  • Indiana had six players score in double figures which ties the WNBA record set twice (Phoenix, Detroit) in the 2007 WNBA Finals. The game marks just the third time in Indiana franchise history that the team had six players in double figures.

  • Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter were a combined 12-38. Taurasi finished with a game-high 20 points while Pondexter finished with 12.
    • Taurasi attempted the fourth most field goals in WNBA Finals history. The record is 28 held by Cappie Pondexter on Sept. 5, 2007 vs. Detroit.

  • The starting five for Indiana made just one three pointer. The team made four overall, with Briann January hitting three.
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