The Phoenix Mercury out scored the Seattle Storm tonight, 78-65, and broke the record for most regular season wins in WNBA history. Brittney Griner had 18 points and 10 rebounds in the season finale Sunday night.
The game started off in the Mercury’s favor as Brittney Griner hit a five foot jumper with the assist from Penny Taylor. Late in the first quarter, the Mercury clinched a 14-10 lead and Griner had 7. The Mercury continues to hold the Storm off going into the second quarter, 21-18, with 6 different Phoenix players scoring.
Candice Dupree kicked off the second quarter with a thirteen foot jumper, which was shortly mirrored by Eshaya Muphy’s seventeen footer. The Mercury continued their lead over the Seattle Storm throughout the quarter keeping them at bay closing out the half 40-29.
The third quarter followed suit with the first half as Candice Dupree makes an eighteen footer with the assist from Diana Taurasi. Midway through the third quarter the Mercury had a 46-38 point lead. Penny Taylor had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. They closed out the quarter at 56-49.
Erin Phillips checked into the game to start the fourth quarter and it wasn’t long until she made an impression on the game by hitting a 24 foot three point jumper. The Mercury racked up 65-55 lead and Erin Phillips had 9 points and 5 dimes. They closed out the game against the Storm 78-65.
With this win, the Phoenix Mercury broke the record for most regular season wins in WNBA history, with their 29th victory (29-5).
Another record was broken by Diana Taurasi. She will be the first player in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring one season & assists in another season.
The Mercury, who have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, will host Los Angeles in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday.
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