Mercury comeback falls short

The Phoenix Mercury took on Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky. Just one game after scoring an embarrassing 60 points against the Fever, the Mercury hoped to get back on track offensively.

It’s been very frustrating. First, it was their defense that needed fine-tuning, now their offense warrants improvement.

In the first quarter, the Mercury played solid defense, leading 22-19.

In the second quarter, it was a very different story as the Mercury allowed the Sky to score 34 points. The Mercury trailed 49-53 at the half.

For the Mercury, in the first half, DeWanna Bonner had 11 points, Taurasi had 12, and Marta Xargay had 13. Griner had just five points at halftime but did have three blocks, and Sonja Petrovic was held scoreless.

For the Sky, Delle Donne had 10 points, Imani Boyette had 10, and Jamierra Faulkner had 11.

In the third quarter, at one point, the Mercury trimmed the Sky lead down to just a single point. At the end of three, Bonner had 14, Taurasi had 17, Candice Dupree had 13, Xargay had 15, Petrovic was still scoreless, and Griner had nine. At the end of 3, the Mercury trailed 70-71.

Delle Donne had 12 at the end of 3, Boyette had 10, Tamera Young had 10, Faulkner had 11, and Allie Quigley had 13.

In the fourth quarter, the Mercury regained the lead very late in the game, but Delle Donne hit a massive three to seal the victory for the Sky.

DeWanna Bonner missed a game-tying three that was almost wide open, and the Mercury lost again.

Bonner finished with 20 points; Dupree had 15 and seven rebounds, Griner had 13 and seven blocks, Taurasi had 26 and six assists, and Xargay had 15 and five assists. Petrovic finished with just two points.

For the Sky, Delle Donne finished with 19 and nine boards; Boyette had 12 and 13 rebounds, Young finished with 10, Faulkner had 11 and seven assists, Quigley had 21 and five assists, and Courtney Vandersloot had 12 with seven assists and five boards.

Like I said, it’s a see-saw with the defense and offense. The Mercury just seem to lack that continuity and consistency.

Your final score: Chicago-100, Phoenix-95.

The Mercury next take on the Mystics at home Thursday at 12:3o pm.

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