PHOENIX MERCURY

Phoenix Mercury’s 3-game win streak snapped in loss vs. Sky

Jul 2, 2022, 12:33 PM
Skylar Diggins-Smith #4 of the Phoenix Mercury (File Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
Skylar Diggins-Smith #4 of the Phoenix Mercury (File Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(File Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — Allie Quigley scored 19 points to lead five Chicago players scoring in double figures, Candace Parker added 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Sky never trailed in their 91-75 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday.

The game was a rematch of last season’s WNBA Finals that Chicago won. The Sky have won both meetings between the teams this season.

Chicago (15-5) has won five games in a row and eight of its last nine to move into a tie with the Las Vegas Aces atop the league standings.

Kahleah Copper had 12 points, Rebekah Gardner scored 11 and Emma Meesseman 10 for Chicago.

Parker hit a 3-pointer and then found Courtney Vandersloot for a layup to give Chicago a 9-2 lead and the Sky closed the first quarter with a 23-5 run to make it 32-12 when Dana Evans hit a 3 at the buzzer.

Skylar Diggins-Smith led the Mercury with 25 points and four steals. Diamond DeShields added 21 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes of action and Sophie Cunningham finished with 12 points. Diana Taurasi finished with a season-low two points on 1-of-6 shooting.

Phoenix (9-12) had its three-game win streak — which matched the Mercury’s longest of the season — snapped and lost for the first time since the franchise and 2012 WNBA MVP Tina Charles, who signed a free-agent contract with the club in February, mutually agreed to part ways on June 25.

The Sky are 12-3 this season when scoring at least 80 points.

Penguin Air

Phoenix Mercury

Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury celebrates with Skylar Diggins-Smith #4 after scoring again...
Kellan Olson

Taurasi, Diggins-Smith, Peddy out for Mercury’s win-or-go-home matchup

There will not be any major reinforcements arriving for the Mercury when they fight to keep their playoff hopes alive.
18 hours ago
Jennie Simms #25 of the Phoenix Mercury knocks the ball away from Kelsey Plum #10 of the Las Vegas ...
Kellan Olson

Shey Peddy suffers non-contact leg injury, Mercury fall in Game 1 vs. Aces

Phoenix Mercury guard Shey Peddy left the team's Game 1 loss to the Las Vegas Aces on Wednesday with a right leg injury and did not return.
3 days ago
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.
3 days 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.
5 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.
6 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.
6 days ago
Phoenix Mercury’s 3-game win streak snapped in loss vs. Sky