OFFICIAL: Mercury Clinches Playoff Berth

Posted: July 22, 2014

PHOENIX  The two-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercurys chase for a third WNBA title begins now as the team officially clinched the ninth playoff berth in team history tonight, the fifth in the last six seasons. Tonights 89-71 win in Seattle extended a franchise-record win streak to 13 games, tied for the third-longest and one of only four streaks of 13 or more games in WNBA history.

The 2014 WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile begin Aug. 21. The Mercurys postseason schedule has not yet been determined.

Single-game tickets for Game 1 of the Mercurys opening round series will go on sale to the general public Friday, July 25 at NOON. X-Factor Members (season ticket holders) have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets to Game 1 during the pre-sale event beginning Wednesday, July 23 at NOON. Round 1, Game 1 playoff tickets start at $17 and can be purchased at PhoenixMercury.com.

Phoenix is a WNBA-best 19-3 (.864) and has held the best record in the league for more than a month. WNBA All-Stars Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Candice Dupree have led the team on the court, while Sandy Brondelloin her first season as head coach of the Mercuryhas had one of the most successful starts to a head coaching tenure in league history.

History has been made on the court this season as Taurasi became the WNBAs second-leading all-time scorer and Griner blocked a WNBA record 11 shots in a game and is on pace to set the single-season record. The Mercury will look to make history again during the playoffs by winning their third WNBA championship, a feat only accomplished by one other team, the Houston Comets.

A key to the success of the Mercury this season has been the X-Factor. The best fans in the WNBA have helped the Mercury to a franchise-record 10-1 (.909) home record and a current nine-game home winning streak. Phoenix has been dominant at the US Airways Center all season long, outscoring opponents by an average of 14.8 points per game.