Mercury’s Diana Taurasi exits game with apparent hip injury in loss
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 20 points and Breanna Stewart added 15 points and Seattle used the second quarter to take control in a 74-68 win over Phoenix on Saturday.
Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi left the game with 5:18 to go with what appeared to be ankle injury. She walked off the court to the locker room without assistance.
Diana Taurasi came up wincing and limped off the court after this behind-the-back pass to BG. pic.twitter.com/skBLtaiyle
— espnW (@espnW) August 8, 2020
On a drive to the basket, Stewart cut off Taurasi, who then threw a behind-the-back pass to Brittney Griner for a layup. Phoenix trailed 64-49 after the bucket.
After the game, Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello said the injury looked to be to a muscle in the hip area, per ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel.
The 38-year-old Taurasi underwent back surgery before the 2019 season, and hamstring problems limited her to six games last year.
Phoenix put up a fight and drew within 70-66 on a pair of Sophie Cunningham free throws with 26 seconds left before the Storm sealed it at the free throw line.
After Alanna Smith’s layup gave Phoenix a 16-14 lead with 95 seconds left in the first quarter, Seattle’s Breanna Smith made a layup and Sami Whitcomb a 3-pointer near the end of the quarter. Loyd started the second with back-to-back 3s, Whitcomb made another layup and Seattle began to create separation.
Griner led Phoenix with 20 points.