Mercury Clinch Home Court Advantage in Win

By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com
Posted: August 12, 2014

With a 76-64 win over the Liberty in New York Tuesday, the Mercury clinched both home court advantage throughout the WNBA playoffs as well as the best record in the league.

Now at 27-4 on the season, Phoenix is just one win shy of tying the WNBA single season record of 28 victories with three games to go.

The Mercury jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter while firing on all cylinders. New York came back to trail by just five after one, but the Mercury held the Liberty to just 10 points in the second quarter while scoring 18 of their own. The Mercury led by double-digits for the majority of the second half.

Candice Dupree poured in 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting along with 10 rebounds for an impressive double-double. Dupree is now 20th place on the WNBA's career scoring list with 4,247 points.

Diana Taurasi added 14 points, Brittney Griner scored 14 with her 11 rebounds, and Erin Phillips had 11 for Phoenix. The Mercury shot 50 percent from the three-point line and 51 percent overall and assisted on 19 of their 31 made baskets.

The Mercury concludes their back-to-back set on the road in Atlanta Wednesday against the Dream. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. Arizona time.

X-FACTOR

Erin Phillips had a terrific game on both ends of the floor, scoring 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting with just one turnover in 17 minutes off the bench.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Candice Dupree finished with 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of action. Brittney Griner added another double-double of 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.

STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT

50 - the percent the Mercury shot from the three-point line. Phoenix nailed 9-of-18 shots from beyond the arc to total 27 of their 76 points.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT