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
The Phoenix Mercury reacquired guard/forward Monique Currie on Wednesday in a trade with the San Antonio Stars.
Currie, a 2015 starter with the Mercury, returns in exchange for guard Shay Murphy, rookie forward Sophie Brunner out of Arizona State and a 2018 third-round draft pick.
The 6-0 Currie is averaging 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds for winless San Antonio. She is expected to come off the bench for the Mercury to provide 3-point shooting and additional scoring to complement Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi, who are first and sixth in WNBA points per game, respectively.
Currie has three 20-point games this season including 31 against Washington on May 14 and 29 vs. Dallas on June 21.
In 2015, Currie started all 34 games, averaging 8.4 points during the season when Taurasi did not play in the WNBA.
“We are very excited to bring Mo back to the Mercury family,” said Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman. “She is a known commodity in this league, a proven scorer who can contribute right away. We know how she fits in (coach) Sandy Brondello’s system, we know the kind of player she is in the locker room, and we know her will to win.”
Currie was in Mercury preseason camp in 2016 before being traded to San Antonio for a second-round draft pick.
Currie began her career with Charlotte in 2006 then was with Chicago in 2007 and Washington from 2007-14 before her first stint in Phoenix. She will join the Mercury (7-5) for their home game Friday against Minnesota (11-1).
To fill an open roster spot after the trade, the Mercury signed 6-6 Angel Robinson, acquired last year in a trade with Seattle.
Robinson led Montenegro in scoring and rebounding at the recent EuroBasket Championships. She played in Turkey in the 2016-17 WNBA offseason. With Seattle in 2014, she averaged 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds.
Mercury rename 1st Street in honor of Diana Taurasi
The City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Mercury have renamed 1st Street in downtown Phoenix to ‘7489 Taurasi Way’ to honor Diana Taurasi for becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer.
A dedication ceremony on Wednesday featured Taurasi, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Mercury general manager Jim Pitman and Mercury Vice President Ann Meyers Drysdale.
Taurasi broke Tina Thompson’s mark of 7,488 points on June 18 to become the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer.
Up next: Minnesota Lynx at Phoenix Mercury
When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena.
TV: Fox Sports Arizona Plus.
Mercury: WNBA President Lisa Borders and Tina Thompson will be in attendance for Diana Taurasi night, honoring Taurasi surpassing Thompson as WNBA career scoring leader. Thompson had 7,488 career points and Taurasi now is at 7,519. She set the record June 18 in a game at Los Angeles. The Australian National team is training in Phoenix through July 3 in advance of the Asia Cup, July 23-29 in Bangalore, India. Mercury coach Sandy Brondello is Australian Opals head coach through 2020. Her assistants will coach at the Asia Cup, from which four teams will qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Lynx: Minnesota is a WNBA best 11-1 with its only loss to Connecticut (98-93) on June 17. The Lynx are 2-0 since that defeat, beating Washington (93-76) and San Antonio (87-78 after being down by seven through three quarters). Starters Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen are 122-30 since 2011, the winningest quartet in league history. Starting C Sylvia Fowles is having a MVP-caliber season, averaging 21 points and 10.3 rebounds.