Preview: Mercury at Shock

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Tale of the Tape:
2012 Record vs Phoenix Mercury: 0-2
Current Streaks: Lost 10 in a row

Phoenix Mercury Season Leaders:
Points: DeWanna Bonner (18.5)
Rebounds: DeWanna Bonner (7.3)
Assists: Samantha Prahalis (5.9)

Tulsa Shock Season Leaders:
Points: Temeka Johnson (13.7)
Rebounds: Kayla Pedersen (5.4)
Assists: Temeka Johnson (5.4)

Phoenix Mercury Projected Starting Lineup:
F - Candice Dupree
G- Samantha Prahalis
G - Charde Houston
F - DeWanna Bonner
C - Nakia Sanford

Tulsa Shock Projected Starting Lineup:
G - Temeka Johnson
G- Scholanda Dorrell
F- Kayla Pedersen
F - Jennifer Lacy
C - Glory Johnson

The Match Up:

Sue Bird made her first nine shots and finished with 21 points to help the Storm down the Shock, 86-73, at the BOK Center on June 15. Bird finished the game with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from the three-point line. The Seattle Storm opened the game on a 10-2 run and the second quarter on a 9-0 run to open up a 12 point lead, 30-18, with 7:02 left in the half. The Shock cut the Storm lead to two, 36-34, with 3:36 left in the second quarter before the Storm ended the half on a 17-9 run, including a Katie Smith half-court three as time expired, to take a 53-43 lead into the half. Jennifer Lacy had her fifth consecutive game scoring in double-figures as she had a team-high 16 points on 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-8 from behind the three-point line. The Tulsa Shock shot 7-of-11 from the three-point line in the first half including Jennifer Lacy going 3-of-5 and Temeka Johnson going 2-of-2. The Shock finished the game shooting 47.1 percent from the three-point line (8-of-17) and 39.3 percent (24-of-61) from the field. Led by Jennifer Lacy's team-high 16 points, four of the five starters scored in double-figures for the Shock. Glory Johnson and Temeka Johnson each scored 13 points while Kayla Pedersen matched a season-high with 10.

The Phoenix Mercury is coming off a 78-60 loss to the Minnesota Lynx. Lindsay Whalen scored a season-high 29 points while Seimone Augustus added 14. With the win,the Lynx set the record for longest unbeaten start in league history at 10-0. Phoenix’s DeWanna Bonner had 18 points as the Mercury have lost five straight without Diana Taurasi who is out indefinitely with a strained hip flexor. The Mercury’s Candice Dupree earned a double-double with ten rebounds and eleven points. Phoenix had its lowest scoring total since a 77-55 loss to San Antonio on Aug. 28, 2008. The closest the Mercury got was when they pulled within two at 14-12 on a 3-pointer by Alexis Gray-Lawson with 2:39 left in the first. The Lynx’s Whalen scored seven points to outscore Phoenix 16-5 over the next 10 minutes and Minnesota never looked back.

What to Watch for:

The Shock and Mercury enter this game riding losing streaks of nine and five respectively to open the 2012 season. The Mercury's only two victories of the season have come against the Shock this season. Temeka Johnson (9-15 for 60.0%) and Jennifer Lacy (29-of-54 for 52.3%) are ranked first and third in the league in three-point shooting amongst players with at least 15 attempts while Lacy ranks second in the league with 2.6 three-pointers made a game. Temeka Johnson ranks third in the league at 5.4 assists/game and leads the Shock in scoring at 13.7 points a game. Rookie Samantha Prahalis leads the league and the Mercury in assists, averaging 5.9 a game. Prahalis scored a season-high 19 points against the Shock in their last meeting on June 3.

The Shock tip-off against the Phoenix Mercury on June 17 at 3:00 pm (CT), at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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