The Phoenix Mercury are the overwhelming favorite to win the WNBA Finals for many reasons: they boast the league's top offense, renovated their defense to better complement their offensive capabilities, and their depth within the starting five was unparalleled in 2014.
The WNBA’s slight rise in attendance, respectable increase in TV viewership and explosion on social media this year is an encouraging marker of the growth of the league, said President Laurel Richie. It’s also the result of unprecedented self-marketing efforts – something Richie said is just the beginning.
“We’re working hard to have a steady sense of momentum,” she said.
PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The Phoenix Mercury survived what could be their toughest challenge in the playoffs, using a fourth quarter rally to defeat the Minnesota Lynx 96-78 in game three of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night.
Diana Taurasi soared after a rough shooting performance on Sunday, making 12 of 17 shots for 31 points, which included a half-court shot at the end of the third quarter that ignited both the team and the crowd. Brittney Griner hit 9 of 12 attempts for 22 points for Phoneix.
CHICAGO, ILL. - It took two a comeback and two overtimes, but the Chicago Sky outlasted the Indiana Fever in Eastern Conference finals game two Sunday, 86-84. The win evened the series and forces a game three on Wednesday.
As tough as the game was for the Sky, no one was tougher than center Sylvia Fowles, who led Chicago with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Courtney Vandersloot had 18 points, and Allie Quigley came off the bench for 16.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - The Minnesota Lynx extended their season for 48 hours with their second come-from-behind win in the post-season, beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in game two of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday.
Maya Moore lead the Lynx with 32 points, while Seimone Augustus had 23 and Lindsay Whalen added 17. It was a true team effort by the hosts.
"We had a rough start scoring, but the rest of the quarters we won, and that's what matters," Moore said.
Playoff games are supposed to contain memorable performances and the first game of the Western Conference Finals certainly did that, although not in the usual way. Phoenix 85-71 victory over defending champion Minnesota will be remembered for a performance that is very rarely seen, especially in big games. Minnesota’s all-everything, WNBA Most Valuable Player, Maya Moore had a bad game. For one of the very few times in memory, Moore did not step up and take over in a key game. She was smothered by the Phoenix defense and in foul trouble, but the most unusual im
The Chicago Sky came from 17 points behind in the fourth quarter Tuesday to beat the Atlanta Dream, 81-80, and advance to the Eastern Conference finals. It was the largest comeback in WNBA playoff history.
Star forward Elena Delle Donne lead Chicago with 34 points, which included the game-winning jumper with 8.2 seconds to go that sealed the victory. Sky coach Pokey Chatman credited Delle Donne for taking matters into her own hands when Atlanta had outplayed them for most of the game.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – The Phoenix Mercury dominated the Los Angeles Sparks in game two of the conference semifinals Sunday, 93-68, to sweep the series and advance.
Brittney Griner lead the Mercury with 21 points, including an emphatic two-handed dunk in the third quarter. Penny Taylor added 17 points and Candice Dupree, 16. It was a bit of role reversal for Griner and forward Diana Taurasi, who scored 34 points in game one to help edge the Sparks by three points. Griner had six points.
Washington, D.C. - It took an overtime, but the Indiana Fever beat the Washington Mystics Saturday, 81-76, to sweep the playoffs semifinals series and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
All-Star forward Tamika Catchings lead Indiana with 26 points and 11 rebounds, and in the process became the WNBA's all-time postseason scoring leader, surpassing Lisa Leslie. Fellow former Lady Vol Kara Lawson was the high-scorer for Washington, with 20 points.