PHOENIX MERCURY

Epiphanny Prince scores 15 as Mercury fall to Storm on road

Jul 11, 2021, 7:04 PM | Updated: 9:56 pm
Phoenix Mercury's Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner tries to pass around Seattle Storm's Seattle St...

Phoenix Mercury's Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner tries to pass around Seattle Storm's Seattle Storm's Mercedes Russell during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald via AP)

(Olivia Vanni/The Herald via AP)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Epiphanny Prince scored 15 points, Katie Lou Samuelson matched her career high with 14, and the Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 82-75 on Sunday.

Jewell Loyd’s 3-pointer with 1:48 left gave the Storm (16-5) a six-point lead and Sue Bird’s running bank shot was the dagger, making it 80-72 at 43.9 seconds.

Seattle goes into the Olympic break with the best record in the WNBA and will return from it to open a five-game road trip, with a 47-day stretch until their next home game on August 27 when they visit the Chicago Sky. Breanna Stewart and Bird added 13 points each.

Kia Nurse scored 28 points and had a career high seven 3-pointers for the Mercury (9-10). Skylar Diggins-Smith added 17 points and Brittney Griner scored 16.

In a pregame ceremony Samuelson, Loyd, Breanna Stewart and Bird were recognized for making USA Basketball team. Bird will be seeking her record fifth Olympic gold medal.

Penguin Air

Phoenix Mercury

Skylar Diggins-Smith #4 of the Phoenix Mercury attempts a shot against the Minnesota Lynx during th...
Arizona Sports

Mercury without Skylar Diggins-Smith, Diana Taurasi in playoff opener vs. Aces

The No. 8 seed Mercury will open the 2022 WNBA Playoffs against the top-seeded Aces on the road Wednesday without their two best players.
13 hours ago
WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted from a court room ater a h...
Associated Press

Brittney Griner’s lawyers appeal 9-year prison sentence

Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner have filed an appeal of her nine-year Russian prison sentence for drug possession.
3 days ago
Head coach Vanessa Nygaard of the Phoenix Mercury reacts during the second half of the WNBA game at...
Associated Press

Mercury drop regular-season finale to Sky, fall to No. 8 seed in playoffs

The Mercury lost their regular season finale to the Chicago Sky and will now face top seed Las Vegas to open the playoffs.
4 days ago
Sophie Cunningham #9 of the Phoenix Mercury high fives Reshanda Gray #12 after a three-point shot a...
Alex Weiner

Phoenix Mercury clinch playoff spot, will face Aces in opening round

The Phoenix Mercury are headed to the WNBA playoffs for the 10th straight year and will face the Las Vegas Aces.
4 days ago
Phoenix Mercury's Brianna Turner (21) defends against Dallas Wings guard Marina Mabrey (3) during t...
Tom Kuebel

Phoenix Mercury forward Brianna Turner wins WNBA Cares award

Mercury forward Brianna Turner became the fifth player in franchise history to win the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award.
5 days ago
Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) drives to the basket between Phoenix Mercury guard Sophi...
Associated Press

Mercury beat Wings, move into 7th-place tie with New York

Diamond DeShields scored 24 points, Shey Peddy had 18 points and a career-high eight assists, and the Mercury beat the Wings on Friday night.
6 days ago
Epiphanny Prince scores 15 as Mercury fall to Storm on road