Mercury coach Sandy Brondello and guard Diana Taurasi on Brittney Griner’s apparent knee injury in loss to Minnesota
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Mercury coach Sandy Brondello and guard Diana Taurasi discuss their team’s comeback win over the Atlanta Dream in Phoenix on Wednesday. Jeff Metcalfe/azcentral sports
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Azcentral sports report Andrew Vailliencourt gets to know Mercury guard Yvonne Turner. By Sam Caravana/azcentral
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Three-time WNBA champion Penny Taylor was honored in a postgame ceremony at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Sunday. Taylor played 10 seasons with the Mercury and is currently the team’s director of player development.
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Mercury coach Sandy Brondello on her team’s win over Washington.
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Mercury coach Sandy Brondello on her team’s loss to Minnesota.
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Monique Currie talks about her return to the Phoenix Mercury after being traded by San Antonio. Video: Jeff Metcalfe/azcentral sports
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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton revealed the official renaming of 1st Street in downtown Phoenix to ‘7489 Taurasi Way’, in honor of Diana Taurasi becoming the WNBA career scoring leader. Video: Johanna Huckeba/azcentral sports
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Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi discusses breaking the WNBA all-time career scoring record at Mercury practice on Wednesday. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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The Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi has reached many milestones in her college, WNBA and Olympics career.
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Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello talks about guard Diana Taurasi becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer on Wednesday. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Taurasi and Mercury coach Sandy Brondello after win over Chicago on Friday
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Sandy Brondello and Diana Taurasi on 89-87 loss Saturday
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Diana Taurasi talks about her record-breaking 3-pointer and the Phoenix Mercury’s outlook for the rest of the season.
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Phoenix Mercury All-Star Diana Taurasi: Warriors or Cavaliers? By Rob Schumacher
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Coach Sandy Brondello, Diana Taurasi react to the Mercury’s 42-point win over Dallas.
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The Phoenix Mercury rebound from opening loss to dominate Indiana Fever, May 17, 2017.
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Diana Taurasi talks about the signing of her multi-year contract extension with the Phoenix Mercury. Video: Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Camille Little talks about joining the Phoenix Mercury at the start of at training camp. Video: Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Brittney Griner injured in Mercury loss
Brondello, Taurasi discuss Mercury’s progress and victory
Q&A with Mercury guard Yvonne Turner
Penny Taylor speaks after her number is retired by Phoenix Mercury
Sandy Brondello talks win over Mystics
Sandy Brondello talks loss to Lynx
Monique Currie rejoins Phoenix Mercury
Phoenix renames 1st street in honor of Diana Taurasi
Diana Taurasi talks about becoming WNBA’s all-time leading scorer
Diana Taurasi career accomplishments
Mercury coach Sandy Brondello talks about Diana Taurasi
Diana Taurasi nears WNBA scoring record
LA Sparks edge Phoenix Mercury
Diana Taurasi is the best 3-point shooter in WNBA history
Phoenix Mercury All-Star Diana Taurasi: Warriors or Cavaliers?
Mercury win by largest margin ever
Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner scores career high 32 points
Diana Taurasi: ‘This is where I want to play the rest of my career’
Phoenix Mercury forward Camille Little: ‘This is going to be a great team’
Camille Little scored 19 points, Cayla George had career highs of 14 points and 14 rebounds, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 86-80 on Friday night.
Monique Currie hit a 3-pointer to extend Phoenix’s lead to 74-70 and, after Allie Quigley missed a 3, Currie made two free throws for a six-point lead.
On Chicago’s possession with 34.1 seconds left, Courtney Vandersloot missed a layup and got her own rebound but Cappie Pondexter missed another layup. Phoenix’s Danielle Robinson sealed it by making two free throws with 13.6 seconds left for an 82-76 lead.
Currie scored 10 of her 18 points at the free throw line for Phoenix (12-10), which was 29 of 33 at the line compared to Chicago’s eight attempts.
Stefanie Dolson scored a career-high 29 points for Chicago (8-15). Quigley made 4 of 5 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 19 points. Pondexter passed Tamika Catchings for sole possession of sixth in WNBA history with 1,489 assists.
– Associated Press
Phoenix Mercury at Chicago Sky
When: 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill.
Mercury: Phoenix (11-10) is 0-3 without injured center Brittney Griner (knee/ankle), expected out until mid-August, and is on a four-game losing streak overall. The most recent loss was 99-91 in overtime at Atlanta on Tuesday when G Diana Taurasi scored 31 with guards Danielle Robinson and Leilani Mitchell each adding 11. The Mercury beat Chicago 99-91 on June 1 and 86-78 on June 16, with Griner averaging 27.5 points and 11 rebounds. As recipient of the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for June, Griner is donating $5,000 from State Farm to One-N-Ten, a Phoenix organization serving LGBT youth. The One-N-Ten center recently was damaged in an arson fire.
Sky: Chicago (8-14) won road games over Seattle and Los Angeles before the All-Star break but lost 93-72 at Connecticut on Tuesday. The Sky return home after five straight on the road for their first home game since July 12. G Allie Quigley won the 3-point contest at the All-Star Game on July 22 and scored 20 against the Sun on Tuesday. Quigley is averaging 16.8 points followed by C Stefanie Dolson at 13.6, G Cappie Pondexter 11.4 and F Tamera Young 10.5. F Jessica Breland and Dolson are the rebounding leaders.
Mercury fall to Atlanta Dream in overtime
July 25, 2017
ATLANTA – Layshia Clarendon had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists as the Atlanta Dream beat the Phoenix Mercury 99-91 in overtime on Tuesday night.
Clarendon was initially credited with a triple-double but after a league review had two assists taken away. So the WNBA’s most fifth and most recent triple-double still was by Seattle’s Temeka Johnson on July 24, 2014.
Atlanta led 82-77 until Diana Taurasi was fouled on a 3-pointer and made three free throws with 1:44 left in regulation. Taurasi tied it at 82 and gave Phoenix the lead on a step-back jumper with eight seconds left. After a timeout, Brittney Sykes took an inbound pass, curled off a high screen and made a driving layup to tie it at 84.
Atlanta opened overtime on an 11-0 run and cruised.
Sykes scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for her first career double-double for Atlanta (10-11). Tiffany Hayes had 19 points, Elizabeth Williams 16 and Sancho Lyttle 14.
Taurasi scored 31 points for Phoenix, which has lost three straight without Brittney Griner.
Sheryl Swoopes is the only player in league history to have a triple-double in regular season and postseason.
– Associated Press
Up next: Phoenix Mercury (11-10) at Chicago Sky (8-14) on Friday, 5:30 p.m. | Full schedule
Phoenix Mercury at Atlanta Dream
When: 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Where: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta.
Mercury: Phoenix (11-9) is on a season high three-game losing streak that overlaps with losing C Brittney Griner to knee/ankle injuries in the fourth quarter against Minnesota on July 14. Without Griner, the Mercury lost to Minnesota 81-66 on July 16 and at home to Indiana 84-77 on July 19. G Diana Taurasi started in the WNBA All-Star Game on July 22, scoring 12 points for the winning West (130-121), with the rest of the team off to regroup. Griner was ruled out of Tuesday’s game about four hours before tip-off and is not expected back until the middle of August, so the Mercury must have find more scoring balance than against Indiana when Taurasi scored 34 and the next highest was Monique Currie with 12. The Mercury are at Chicago on Friday.
Dream: Atlanta (9-11) lost three of its four games leading into the All-Star break including 89-84 at Phoenix on July 12 before Griner’s injury. Its most recent game was a 100-96 ovetime loss at Washington on July 19 when G Brittney Sykes scored 27 and F Tiffany Hayes 24. Hayes started in the All-Star Games with teammates Layshia Clarendon and Elizabeth Williams also playing for the East. Clarendon had a double-double (14 points/10 assists) with Hayes scoring 12 with five rebounds and four assists.