Some believed it would take a few games for the new Mercury core to gel, but by the looks of it, they were ready to roll after just one. They scored a total of 58 points in their last outing, but turned things around when they put up 52 points in the first half against the Fever.
“Today we showed what team we can be if we’re all focused and we concentrate on the things that can make us really good,” Diana Taurasi said. “Obviously when [Brittney Griner] plays like that it makes things a little bit easier.”
Griner sure made it look easy on Wednesday night as she scored a career-high 32 points while shooting 86.7% from the field.
“It does feel good,” Griner said. “It started off kind of slow and I was like ‘it’s going to be a defensive night for me tonight’ and then it just started coming. “
She filled the stat sheet as she notched a double-double with ten rebounds, as well as had three blocks on the defensive end. In just her fifth season, Griner’s legacy continues to grow.
“She can be as great as she wants to be,” Head Coach Sandy Brondello said. “She could be the greatest player of all time right up there with Diana Taurasi. The skies the limit for Brittney and she wants to get better. You see that mental focus there.”
Griner wasn’t the only player to hit a milestone on Wednesday. With her second rebound, Taurasi became the first player in WNBA history to score 7,000 points, dish-out 1,500 assists and grab 1,500 rebounds.
“When you start rattling off numbers like that you start reflecting on how lucky you’ve been to play on really good teams with really good players and coaches,” Taurasi said. “I’ve been really lucky to be here my whole career.”
Whether it’s career-highs or landing on the all-time leaderboards, Taurasi and Griner continue to build their legacies together.
“To be able to do that with a legend and me being so young in my career, it’s an amazing feeling,” Griner said. “That’s just a milestone for myself, playing with her doing that.”
The Mercury walked away with an 85-62 victory. They hit the road to San Antonio where they will face off against the Stars on Friday.