Bird’s big 4th quarter puts end to Mercury season

SEATTLE — Sue Bird was on the brink of seeing maybe her last good chance at getting to the WNBA Finals evaporate. She was playing with a broken nose, her team was playing from behind for almost all of Game 5, and against her rival and friend that never loses in these situations. And to make matters worse, Bird couldn’t find her shot, missing eight consecutive attempts. It made what Bird accomplished during a 5-minute stretch of the fourth quarter on Tuesday night in lifting the Seattle Storm past the…

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Bird’s big 4th quarter puts end to Mercury season

SEATTLE — Sue Bird was on the brink of seeing maybe her last good chance at getting to the WNBA Finals evaporate. She was playing with a broken nose, her team was playing from behind for almost all of Game 5, and against her rival and friend that never loses in these situations. And to make matters worse, Bird couldn’t find her shot, missing eight consecutive attempts. It made what Bird accomplished during a 5-minute stretch of the fourth quarter on Tuesday night in lifting the Seattle Storm past the…

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Mercury hit 13 3s, advance in WNBA playoffs

TEMPE, Ariz. — DeWanna Bonner had 29 points and 11 rebounds and Diana Taurasi collected 26 points and 12 assists, helping the Phoenix Mercury beat the Dallas Wings 101-83 on Tuesday night in the opening game of the WNBA playoffs. Phoenix (21-14) advances to play at Connecticut in another single-elimination round on Thursday. Phoenix broke it open in the third quarter, hitting six 3-pointers. Bonner banked in a long 3 just before the shot clock expired and Taurasi added a 3 on its next possession, part of an 11-0 run…

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WNBA Playoffs headlined by Finals rematch

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA playoffs are set after a wild, unpredictable regular season came to an end Sunday. As expected, Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet in the postseason for a third straight year. Unexpectedly, it’s in the first round. The two-time WNBA finalists finished a surprising sixth and seventh in the regular season and will face off in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. “Minnesota is a good team. You can throw records out the window right now,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “They have two of the…

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Whalen Set to Retire at Season’s End

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen will retire after the WNBA season, ending her stellar 15-year career. The gritty point guard announced her plans on Monday. She’s led the Lynx to four WNBA championships and appeared in six All-Star games. Whalen has been balancing a new job that begins this fall as the head coach at her alma mater Minnesota. The Lynx won WNBA titles in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Whalen was the first player in WNBA history with 5,000 points, 2,000 assists and 1,500 rebounds. Her…

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Bonner, Taurasi lead Mercury over Sparks

PHOENIX — DeWanna Bonner had a season-high 31 points, Diana Taurasi had 20 points and a career-best 14 assists and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 86-78 on Sunday. Brittney Griner added 20 points and 13 rebounds to help the Mercury (18-14) move a half-game ahead of the Minnesota Lynx fox sixth place in the WNBA standings. The Mercury pulled away with a 17-2 run to lead 73-54 on Taurasi’s 3-point play early in the fourth quarter. The Sparks closed to 81-73 on Maria Vadeeva’s 3-pointer with 1:28…

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Taurasi, Mercury never trail in rout of Fever

PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi and Stephanie Talbot scored 14 points apiece to lead five Phoenix players in double figures and help the Mercury beat the Indiana Fever 94-74 on Friday night. Coach Sandy Brondello recorded her franchise-record 100th win with the Mercury. DeWanna Bonner had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Brittney Griner added 12 and nine and Yvonne Turner scored 10 points for Phoenix (17-14). The Mercury, which won for just the second time since beating the Fever 101-82 on July 15, snapped a five-game home losing streak. “You know…

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WNBA headlines approaching postseason play

NEW YORK (AP) — With the WNBA All-Star break in the rearview mirror teams are ready for the sprint to the of the regular season. All 12 teams will play eight or nine games over the next few weeks setting the stage for what should be of the most exciting final few weeks of the regular season in league history. There are only four losses separating second place Atlanta and ninth-place Las Vegas. “It’s going to be a wild last few weeks,” said Washington’s Elena Delle Donne, whose team lost…

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She’s Got Game | FOX Sports

The WNBA season is approaching All-Star weekend and it is has been as predictable as picking the winning lottery numbers. From East to West, there have been some noteworthy performances as well as things to pay attention to off the court. Here are the biggest headlines that have shaped the WNBA season thus far: Overworked and Underpaid Elena Delle Donne, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, and a slew of others are the stars that help the WNBA generate revenue as they are box office. You see these ladies give their all…

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Sky top short-handed Mercury before All-Star break

PHOENIX — Rookie Diamond DeShields tied a season best with 25 points, Courtney Vandersloot had 17 points and 11 assists and the Chicago Sky beat the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 101-87 on Wednesday in the final game before the All-Star break. Chicago led by 16 points early in the second half but Phoenix went on an 11-2 run to pull to 61-59. Chicago opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run, capped by DeShields’ offensive rebound and layup, and led by double figures for the final four minutes. Allie Quigley added…

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