PHOENIX MERCURY

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

Aug 14, 2022, 4:59 PM | Updated: 4:59 pm
Head coach Vanessa Nygaard of the Phoenix Mercury reacts during the second half of the WNBA game at...
Head coach Vanessa Nygaard of the Phoenix Mercury reacts during the second half of the WNBA game at Footprint Center on June 27, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury defeated the Fever 83-71. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX (AP) — Azura Stevens scored 17 points and Chicago wrapped up the regular season with an 82-67 victory over Phoenix on Sunday.

Chicago (26-10), the defending WNBA champion, had an opportunity to take the No. 1 playoff seed had Las Vegas (also 26-10) lost its regular-season finale earlier on Sunday. However, the Aces defeated Seattle 109-100 to clinch the top seed.

Allie Quigley added 14 points, Emma Meesseman 11 and Kahleah Copper 11 for the Sky, which will open defense of their league title as the No. 2 seed against seventh-seeded New York. The opener of the three-game series will be Wednesday in Chicago.

No Chicago starter played more than 20 minutes and all five reserves who played recorded at least 20 minutes on the court.

Chicago dominated the Mercury from the start, leading 15-8 after one quarter and 39-25 at halftime.

Megan Gustafson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix. Jennie Simms added 12 points, Kaela Davis 11, and Diamond DeShields with 10.

Phoenix (15-21) played without Diana Taurasi, who missed the game with a quadriceps injury. The Mercury were also without Skylar Diggins-Smith, whose contract has been suspended by the team. Still, the Mercury qualified for the playoffs when Minnesota lost to Connecticut earlier Sunday.

The Mercury will be the eighth seed and face top-seeded Las Vegas on Wednesday.

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