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  • Phoenix Mercury upsets Los Angeles Sparks, take Game 1 on road 86-75

    Phoenix Mercury upsets Los Angeles Sparks, take Game 1 on road 86-75

    Diana Taurasi scored 30 points, and the Phoenix Mercury put together a strong second half on Thursday for a convincing 86-75 road win Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Los Angeles. Taurasi only shot 8-for-21 in 40 minutes of play, but mostly got it done from the free-throw line, shooting 11-for-13 there. She […]
  • Phoenix Mercury open playoffs against LA Sparks

    Phoenix Mercury open playoffs against LA Sparks

    It’s the old adage: Defense wins championships. It’s what Russ Pennell has preached since he was named interim head coach following the dismissal of then head coach and general manager Corey Gaines. “When we’ve defended, we’re good; and when we don’t, we’re average,” Pennell said. In the 13 games he’s coached, the Mercury are 9-4 […]
  • New Mercury coach Russ Pennell not worried about latest interim tag

    New Mercury coach Russ Pennell not worried about latest interim tag

    PHOENIX — Russ Pennell fully admits that he hasn’t watched every Phoenix Mercury game in 2013. But as he was flipping through the channels Tuesday night, the former college coach found himself glued to his television set as Diana Taurasi and Co. fell to the Seattle Storm by a score of 80-65. “It’s kind of […]
  • Phoenix Mercury fire head coach Corey Gaines, replace him with former Grand Canyon coach Russ Pennell

    Phoenix Mercury fire head coach Corey Gaines, replace him with former Grand Canyon coach Russ Pennell

    The underachievement of the Phoenix Mercury has claimed its first victim. Corey Gaines, who was the team’s head coach and general manager, was relieved of his duties Thursday. Former Grand Canyon University head coach Russ Pennell will take over on an interim basis. “First and foremost, we thank Corey for his years of dedication to […]
  • Brittney Griner has most popular jersey in WNBA

    Brittney Griner has most popular jersey in WNBA

    The WNBA told us the 2013 rookie class was going to be big — and they were right, at least in terms of jersey sales. The league’s website reported that Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has the top-selling jersey among fans, followed by fellow rookies Skylar Diggins of Tulsa and Elena Delle Donne of Chicago. […]
  • Mercury's Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi voted in as WNBA All-Star starters

    Mercury’s Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi voted in as WNBA All-Star starters

    The Phoenix Mercury currently have the fifth-best record (9-7) in the WNBA, but that didn’t stop guard Diana Taurasi and center Brittney Griner from being voted in as 2013 WNBA All-Star starters. It’s the fifth time in franchise history the Mercury have sent multiple players to the All-Star Game. For Taurasi, the leading vote-getter among […]
  • Phoenix Mercury waive former first-round pick Samantha Prahalis

    Last season as a rookie, Samantha Prahalis averaged 11.6 points, 4.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game for the Phoenix Mercury. However, this season has not gone as well for the point guard. The sixth pick in the 2012 Draft out of Ohio State was waived by the team Thursday after appearing in just eight […]
  • Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi wins Western Conference Player of the Month

    Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi wins Western Conference Player of the Month

    Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi was named the Western Conference Player of the Month Monday. In June, Taurasi averaged 24.2 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game as she led the Mercury to a 7-3 record. Among her highlights, were two 30-point games and two near triple-doubles. Her 242 points scored were nearly 100 […]
  • Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury to host Yarnell Wildfire donation drive Tuesday

    Nineteen firemen were killed while fighting the Yarnell Wildfire Sunday afternoon in what became the worst tragedy for active firemen in duty since the 9-11 attacks. On Tuesday, the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury will host a monetary donation drive in support of the families and victims affected by Sunday’s tragedy. The donations will be […]
  • Mercury's Diana Taurasi named WNBA Player of the Week

    Mercury’s Diana Taurasi named WNBA Player of the Week

    Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi was named the WNBA Player of the Week Monday. The ten-year veteran averaged 31.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and eight assists per game for the Mercury in wins over the Los Angeles Sparks and Tulsa Shock. In Sunday’s 108-103 win over Tulsa, Taurasi pumped in a team-high 29 points, including eight […]
  • Notable debuts in Arizona sports history

    Notable debuts in Arizona sports history

    Brittney Griner’s Phoenix Mercury debut Monday was seen by 10,200 people at the US Airways Center along with countless others who were watching on ESPN. It was a big deal. She is a big deal. Though she is the biggest thing to hit the WNBA, the 6-foot-8 rookie is just another in a long list […]
  • Brittney Griner records multiple dunks in Mercury loss

    Brittney Griner records multiple dunks in Mercury loss

    Yes, Brittney Griner dunked. Twice. The first one happened with 7:52 remaining in the fourth quarter, one-handed on a pass from Charde Houston. The second one occurred five and a half minutes later, picking up a loose ball in the backcourt and taking it to the basket with both hands. “(The first one) I was […]
  • Expectations high as Mercury tip off 2013 season

    Expectations high as Mercury tip off 2013 season

    The fans expect it. The media expects it. Even GMs around the league expect it. With a healthy returning roster and the addition of No. 1 draft pick Brittney Griner, the Mercury are the odds-on-favorites to win the WNBA championship this season. “We’re not picked to win. L.A.’s picked to win,” head coach Corey Gaines […]
  • Brittney Griner goes one-on-one with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Brittney Griner goes one-on-one with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    While school may be ending soon for many, it is just beginning for Brittney Griner as she starts her WNBA career. The classroom: the practice court at US Airways Center. The teacher: the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “Man, I went to ‘Legends School’ today and it was awesome,” Griner said Wednesday. “(He was) […]
  • Mercury: Taurasi tells Griner

    Mercury: Taurasi tells Griner ‘just to enjoy’ the spotlight

    If there is one player who can relate to the attention thrust upon Brittney Griner, it’s her teammate, Diana Taurasi. Like Griner, Taurasi was a two-time national player of the year coming out of college. Like Griner, Taurasi was the WNBA No. 1 overall pick. The one difference: the size of the spotlight. “(Hers) is […]