10-player Phoenix roster included below

With training camp underway at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fl., for the three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury, the team and league today announced that Jessica Breland, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, has been medically excused from participation.  Breland was acquired by the Mercury from the Atlanta Dream as part of a three-team trade this offseason.

Breland said: “These last two weeks have been really hard for me.  As a cancer survivor you fear a relapse, but you never think about the long-term effects chemotherapy reeked on your body. The threat of COVID-19 has forced me to acknowledge a harsh reality — although I am one of the top 144 WNBA players, my battle with cancer years ago left me vulnerable to coronavirus.  With a heavy heart, I will be sitting out the upcoming WNBA season. I am blessed to have the Phoenix family behind me and their full support. I wish everyone the best in Florida, and I’ll be thinking of you and cheering from afar!”

“We appreciate the work that the WNBA, Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, and the WNBA Players Association did to get us to a point where we can have a 2020 season in the safest possible way,” said Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman. “We recognize that participating in the 2020 season was a decision players rightly did not take lightly, and we certainly understand that Jessica’s circumstances ultimately made this decision necessary.  She has our full support, she remains a member of our family, and we know she will be tuned in each night to support her teammates.”

A full Mercury roster is included below.

No.       Player                             Pos.      Ht.       Wt.      Birthdate          Exp          From/Year

10 Nia Coffey F 6-1 182 06/11/1995 3 Northwestern/2017
9 Sophie Cunningham G 6-1 170 08/16/1996 1 Missouri/2019
4 Skylar Diggins-Smith G 5-9 145 08/02/1990 6 Notre Dame/2013
42 Brittney Griner C 6-9 205 10/18/1990 7 Baylor/2013
14 Bria Hartley G 5-8 148 09/30/1992 6 Connecticut/2014
11 Alanna Smith F 6-4 180 11/10/1996 1 Stanford/2019
3 Diana Taurasi G 6-0 163 06/11/1982 15 Connecticut/2004
21 Brianna Turner F 6-3 170 07/05/1996 1 Notre Dame/2019
1 Kia Vaughn C 6-4 205 01/24/1987 10 Rutgers/2009
2 Shatori Walker-Kimbrough G 5-9 140 05/18/1995 3 Maryland/2017

HEAD COACH: Sandy Brondello (Australia)

ASSISTANT COACH: Julie Hairgrove (Arizona), Chasity Melvin (North Carolina State)

HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER: Hannah Breck (Boston University)

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH: Derrick Nillissen (Iowa Wesleyan)