The Mercury came out on fire Sunday night in their home-opener against the Dallas Wings. They started the game on a 10-1 run with Brittney Griner leading the way.
Heading into the match-up, Griner was averaging 16 points per game on 69.2 percent shooing in season opening games. She continued her dominate streak by putting up nine points in just the first quarter and finishing with 18 (shooting 6-of-11 from the field).
Danielle Robinson, a.k.a. D-Rob, showed the X-Factor just what she is capable of doing with the ball. She dished out a game-high nine assists to go along with her eight points.
“It’s great to see D-Rob out there,” Head Coach Sandy Brondello said. “She changes the speed of the game. She’s going to get better getting used to her teammates and that’s where it takes time in that regard. I like that she’s coming off, looking to score. We got some easy baskets for her.”
The Wings managed to battle back into the game by the end of the first and the score remained close the rest of the way. The Wings eventually pulled away at the end of the fourth quarter as the Mercury fell 68-58.
“It’s early,” Diana Taurasi said. “It’s a long season. We know what kind of grind it is. Obviously you always want to start with a win. We’ll roll with the punches. We’ll see what we didn’t do well.”
The Mercury gear up for their second game of the year as they will face the Indiana Fever on Wednesday in Phoenix.