The Mercury are on a four-game road trip. Follow this page for previews and recaps for this week’s action.

Courtney Williams had 25 points, including Connecticut’s final six, and tied her career high with 10 rebounds to help the Sun hold on for a 91-87 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night.

Chiney Ogwumike fouled out with 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting and Alyssa Thomas added 11 points, a career-best 10 assists, eight rebounds and two steals for Connecticut (11-10). The Sun snapped a three-game skid.

The Mercury’s Angel Robinson made a layup to tie it at 85 with 2 1/2 minutes to play, but Thomas hit Williams for a driving layup and then made a pull-up jumper from the top of the key to give the Sun a four-point lead with 45.6 seconds remaining.

Brittney Griner answered with a layup six seconds later but neither team scored again until Williams hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds to play.

Diana Taurasi hit five 3-pointers and finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Phoenix (14-8). Griner added 19 points, and DeWanna Bonner scored 16.

Both teams shot better than 51 percent from the field but Connecticut was plus-three on the offensive glass and forced 14 Phoenix turnovers while committing just seven.

– Associated Press

Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello, along with assistant coaches Julie Hairgrove and Todd Troxel, will coach in the WNBA All-Star Game because Phoenix holds one of the two best records in the league, the WNBA announced on Thursday.

This year’s All-Star Game will be on July 28 in Minneapolis.

This is the second time Brondello and her staff have been selected. The Mercury currently rank second in the league with a 14-7 record, trailing only the Seattle Storm.

“We’re really excited to be going to the All-Star game this year,” Brondello said in a statement. “It means we’re one of the top two teams in the league, and that’s right where we want to be at this point in the season. It’ll be a great opportunity for our staff to go and have some fun with some of the best players in the world.”

As for the rosters, the top two players with the most votes will be announced as captains on July 17, according to the new selection format this year. The captains will select their teams out of the player pool, with the full rosters announced on July 19.

Thursday’s game

Mercury at Connecticut Sun

When: 4 p.m. | Season schedule

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena

Outlook: The Mercury (14-7) have lost the first two games of its four-game road trip and sit in second place in the Western Conference standings. … Despite boasting one the better defenses in the league, Phoenix allowed Dallas to score 101 points on Tuesday, second-most the team has allowed all season. … Mercury star guard Diana Taurasi left Tuesday’s game in the first quarter due to sickness and did not return. Her status for Friday’s game has not been announced. … The Mercury already beat the Sun (10-10) twice this season by a combined 24 points. … However, the Sun boast the third-best scoring offense in the league, averaging 86 points per game. … The Sun are led by dynamic forward Chiney Ogwumike who averages 15.4 points per game. … She played in the first matchup of the season between these two teams but was held to just 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

Mercury routed as Wings win with balanced attack

July 10, 2018

ARLINGTON, Texas – Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 20 points and the Dallas Wings won their fourth straight with a 101-72 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night.

Aerial Powers added a season high 18 points, Azura Stevens scored 15 and Liz Cambage chipped in 13 for the Wings (11-8).

Dallas never trailed after the opening minutes and had its largest lead at 95-66 which they matched at the final score. The Wings pulled away with an 11-2 run near the end of the first quarter and scored 10 straight points to end the third quarter with an 80-54 lead.

The Mercury (14-7) committed 13 of its 22 turnovers in the first half and trailed 59-39 at halftime. Brittney Griner scored 21 and DeWanna Bonner added 20.

Diana Taurasi left the game due to illness in the first quarter and did not return. Phoenix has dropped the first two of a four-game road trip.

Tuesday’s game

Mercury at Dallas Wings

When: 5 p.m. | Season schedule

Where: College Park Center, Dallas.

TV: FSAZ Plus.

Outlook: The Mercury (14-6) are coming off a loss to the Atlanta Dream (9-9), which ended their four-game winning streak. … The Mercury are 2-0 against the Wings (10-8) so far this season. … Dallas is seeking its fourth straight win and will enter the game with the third-highest point-per-game average in the league (86.3). Dallas is also second in rebounds per game (36.7). … Phoenix brings a hard-nosed defense to the contest, as it leads the lead points allowed per game (79.1). … Both teams hold opponents to low field-goal percentages with the Wings at 41.7 percent and Mercury at 41.3 percent. … This is the second of four straight road games for the Mercury.

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