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  • Mercury forward Penny Taylor returned to the Phoenix Mercury on a hunt to bring home one last championship to the Valley. (Photo by Lindsey Wisniewski/ Cronkite News)

    Mercury embrace underdog role heading into series against Lynx

    PHOENIX — The Phoenix Mercury have entered uncharted territory. Every time they’ve brought home a WNBA championship in the past, the Mercury were the top-seeded team in the playoffs. This year, the eighth-seeded Mercury snuck into the playoffs during the final week of the season, despite a losing record (16-18). And now, the Mercury hope […]
  • Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi (3) walks to the bench as teammates celebrate after a timeout by the Indiana Fever during the second half of a first round WNBA playoff basketball game, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Indianapolis. Phoenix won the game, 89-78. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Taurasi helps Mercury advance to semifinals, beat Liberty

    Diana Taurasi scored 30 points and Brittney Griner added 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to help the eighth-seeded Phoenix Mercury beat the No. 3 New York Liberty 101-94 on Saturday night.
  • Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi (3) walks to the bench as teammates celebrate after a timeout by the Indiana Fever during the second half of a first round WNBA playoff basketball game, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Indianapolis. Phoenix won the game, 89-78. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Diana Taurasi leads Mercury past fever to advance in WNBA playoffs

    Diana Taurasi scored 20 points and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night in a single-elimination game of the WNBA playoffs.
  • Phoenix Mercury center Kelsey Bone kneeled during the national anthem Thursday night, her third straight game doing so. (Photo by Lindsey Wisniewski / Cronkite News)

    Mercury’s Kelsey Bone to take anthem protests into WNBA playoffs

    The Mercury's Kelsey Bone is taking her social justice protest to the WNBA playoffs.
  • File-This Sept. 9, 2014, file photo shows Phoenix Mercury forward Penny Taylor reacting to a call during the second half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball finals in Phoenix.  Three-time Australian Olympian and perennial WNBA All-Star Taylor says she will retire from basketball at the end of the WNBA season. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

    Mercury beat Storm in Penny Taylor’s home farewell

    Brittney Griner scored 21 points and Penny Taylor had eight in her final regular-season home game to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Seattle Storm.
  • Phoenix Mercury guard DeWanna Bonner (24) drives against Dallas Wings forward Glory Johnson during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    DeWanna Bonner leads Mercury in loss to Sparks

    The Los Angeles Sparks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 90-85 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night.
  • Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi shoots as Connecticut Sun's Kelly Faris, left, defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Mercury fall to Dream for third straight loss

    Diana Taurasi made four 3-pointers and scored 23 points for the Phoenix Mercury, which lost its third straight. Brittney Griner added 21 points.
  • Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner helps teammate Diana Taurasi up off the court during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Mercury drop second straight game to Liberty

    Phoenix was down 26 points in the third quarter before rallying within 11 early in the fourth quarter.
  • Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) is defended by Dallas Wings center Courtney Paris during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Brittney Griner leads Mercury to win over Fever

    Brittney Griner had 20 points and four blocks, Diana Taurasi scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Indiana Fever.
  • Diana Taurasi will be looking for her fourth Olympic gold medal when the U.S. women’s team competes in Rio. (Photo by Ryan Wright/Cronkite News)

    Taurasi looking to join elite list with four Olympic gold medals in basketball

    LOS ANGELES — Earning four Olympic gold medals is a feat that only two basketball players, male or female, have ever accomplished. Diana Taurasi, along with teammates Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings, will lengthen that list with a gold medal in next month’s Summer Olympics. “Being selected to the Olympics again means a lot to […]
  • WNBA withdraws fines for Mercury and other teams

    The WNBA withdrew fines imposed on the Phoneix Mercury and other teams after their players wore shirts protesting recent police shootings.
  • Phoenix Mercury guard Noelle Quinn, center, drives toward the basket as Chicago Sky center Imani Boyette (34) defends during a WNBA basketball game in Phoenix, Ariz., Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (Ben Moffat/The Arizona Republic via AP)

    Mercury lose as Sky hit game-winning putback

    The Chicago Sky won their second straight game in the final seconds in a 79-77 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night.
  • San Antonio Stars' Alex Montgomery (6) fouls Phoenix Mercury's DeWanna Bonner, left, during a WNBA basketball game Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Phoenix. (Patrick Breen/The Arizona Republic via AP)

    Bonner hits 4 3s, scores 33 points; Mercury beat Stars 83-64

    DeWanna Bonner hit four 3-pointers and finished with 33 points to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the San Antonio Stars 83-64 on Saturday night.
  • Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner shouts as she celebrates a defensive stop against the Connecticut Sun during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Phoenix. The Mercury defeated the Sun 99-90. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Brittney Griner leads Mercury past Mystics

    Brittney Griner had 22 points, eight rebounds and five blocks and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Washington Mystics on Wednesday.
  • Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi answers a question during a news conference at the team's basketball media day, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Mercury fall to Sky despite Taurasi’s 26

    The Phoenix Mercury fell to the Chicago Sky despite Diana Taurasi's 26 points.