After leading the three-time WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury to a WNBA-best 11-2 record in the month of June, including a WNBA season-high eight-straight wins to begin the month, Sandy Brondello today was named WNBA Coach of the Month, the league announced. This is her first time winning the monthly award, which the league began presenting for the 2017 season.
The league-leading Mercury’s 11 wins in the month of June tied a franchise record for most wins in a single month (Brondello led Phoenix to 11 wins in July 2014), while the team’s eight consecutive wins to begin the month represented the second-longest win streak in franchise history. Perhaps most impressive, eight of the 11 wins in the month came on the road, as Brondello guided the team to an 8-1 mark away from home.
Phoenix tipped off its month with a 95-85 win over 2017 WNBA champion Minnesota on July 1, and closed the month by winning three of four games, all on the road, all in a span of seven days. The Mercury honed in defensively during the month, as the team held opponents to a league-low 40.9 percent shooting and allowed only 76.8 points in the 13 games. On the offensive end, the Mercury averaged 85.4 points and dished a league-best 21.5 assists per game in June.
Phoenix is currently off to one of its best starts in franchise history this season with Brondello at the helm, sitting atop the WNBA standings at 13-5. The Mercury’s 13 wins through the first 18 games of the season ties the 2009 Mercury team for the second-best start in franchise history (started 15-3 in 2014). Additionally, the Mercury rank within the top five in the league in several categories this season, including field goal percentage (3rd), three-point field goal percentage (2nd), free throw percentage (1st), assists per game (2nd), block per game (1st), points per game (83.9), opponent field goal percentage (2nd) and opponents points per game (4th).
Brondello was named the ninth head coach in Mercury history on November 15, 2013. Under her direction, the team won the 2014 WNBA Championship, won a WNBA-record 29 games in 2014 and has reached the WNBA Semifinals (formerly the Western Conference Finals) in all four of her seasons. This summer Brondello became the 15th coach in WNBA history to reach 100 career wins and was the seventh-fastest to do so. She’s the winningest coach in franchise history in both the regular season (96 wins) and postseason (13).
WNBA all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi and 2017 WNBA scoring champion Brittney Griner return to Phoenix this summer to lead the Mercury in a quest for the franchise’s WNBA-record tying fourth championship. Tickets to the Mercury’s next home game on Thursday, July 5, and the rest of the Mercury’s 2018 home games are on sale NOW and can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting PhoenixMercury.com.