Mercury improve to 3-6
The Phoenix Mercury defeated the San Antonio Stars Thursday. This was the Merc’s fourth straight regular season win against the Stars.
For the second game in a row, the Mercury decided to start Sonja Petrovic over DeWanna Bonner. This decision paid dividends against Minnesota in the first quarter Tuesday. Petrovic flourished in her first go at the starting gig.
It’s always tough to walk that fine line between being physical and accruing too many fouls, but Sonja Petrovic has some insight on the matter.
“If you set the tone from the first minute, you send the referees a message that they can’t call it (the fouls) all the time,” Petrovic said.
“Keeping BG (Griner) out of foul trouble would be good, that certainly helps our game,” coach Sandy Brondello said.
Penny Taylor became the 2oth player in WNBA history with 1,000 career assists.
“I didn’t know. That’s really great. To be on that list is really surprising, but I’m really happy about that,” Taylor said.
In the first quarter, Griner picked up two early fouls, but Taurasi’s 12 points kept the Mercury in the lead.
At halftime, Taurasi had scored 17 already, and the Mercury were rolling.
The Merc led by 16 at the end of 3. Taurasi had 28 points. The Merc outscored the Stars 23-13 in the 3rd.
Griner came into the 4th quarter with three fouls, a large improvement from the past few games. However, she picked up two fouls within ten seconds of each other in the fourth.
Luckily, Phoenix had a 2o-point lead, so Britney wasn’t TOO upset, though her reaction after the fifth foul said it all.
Taurasi finished with 31; Taylor had 14, and Candice Dupree chipped in 13. Britney Griner had seven points and eight boards to go with five fouls.
The Mercury went 26-27 from the charity stripe. They scored 42 points in the paint, compared to the Stars’ 22.
A dominant team win inspires a lot of confidence, and nobody knows that to be truer than Diana Taurasi.
“If there’s one thing that can’t be broken, it’s our confidence, because we know what we can do as a team,” Taurasi said.
The Mercury take on Chicago at 3 pm Sunday.