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Updated Apr 30, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Wright, Little lead Storm past Griner, Mercury

Tanisha Wright scored 20 points to lead the Seattle Storm past the Phoenix Mercury 75-72 Sunday night.

Camille Little scored 13 points and Shekinna Stricklen added 11 for the Storm (1-1).

Candice Dupree had 18 points and Brittney Griner added 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the Mercury (0-2). DeWanna Bonner scored 11 points and Diana Taurasi had 10.

Seattle overcame an early 11-point deficit behind 8-for-19 shooting on 3s.

After Taurasi’s jumper pulled the Mercury to 68-67 with 2:31 to go, Noelle Quinn followed with a basket 20 seconds later. Little’s late shot from beyond the arc with 57.6 seconds remaining stretched the lead to 73-67.

Dupree’s jumper pulled Phoenix within four with 7.2 seconds remaining, but Wright made two free throws 2 seconds later to seal the win.

Bonner’s 3 — the Mercury’s first of the game — with less than a second left provided the final margin. Phoenix finished 1 for 4 on 3s.

Griner, who had 18 points and two dunks in her WNBA debut in a loss to Chicago on Monday, had another dunk with 1:15 remaining in this game but it was waved off due to a charging foul on teammate Alexis Hornbuckle.

Little responded with her 3 at the other end.

Griner had a game-high 12 points in the first half but got into foul trouble early in a third quarter that saw the Storm outscore Phoenix 25-18 while taking a 60-56 lead.

Griner was whistled for two fouls in a span of 5 seconds early in the third quarter, including a flagrant on a hard screen, helping spark Seattle’s 10-0 run. She was called for her fourth foul with 2 minutes left in the quarter, then added a technical when she spiked the ball in frustration off the media table behind the basket with 3:33 remaining in the game and Phoenix trailing 68-65.

Griner’s final point came when she made the front end of two free throws with 7:47 remaining in the game.

Taurasi also struggled with foul trouble for most of the night.

Seattle’s Tina Thompson, a 17-year veteran who announced last week that this would be her last season in the WNBA, scored seven points in her final home opener. Thompson, 38, was the first overall pick in the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997 and is the league’s all-time leading scorer.


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