Connect with us

Basketball

WNBA: Mercury rallies in overtime to beat Sky again

Array ( [0] => https://i1.wp.com/www.sports.cweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/15047779-2.jpg?fit=550%2C367&ssl=1 [1] => 550 [2] => 367 [3] => 1 )

Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 28 points and the Phoenix Mercury rallied from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit for the second time in as many games against the Chicago Sky en route to a 77-74 overtime win Thursday in Phoenix.

Brittney Griner added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix (5-3), which secured its first home win in three tries this season.

The loss marked Chicago’s sixth straight, and its third by one possession.

Thursday’s contest followed a similar arc to the Mercury’s 84-83 win in Chicago on Tuesday, with Phoenix surging ahead to a double-digit lead early then falling behind and having to rally late.

After trailing by 10 points in the second quarter and eight at intermission Thursday, Chicago (2-6) held Phoenix to just nine third-quarter points. Kahleah Copper outscored the Mercury on her own, with 10 of her team-high 14 points in the period.

With six players scoring at least eight points, Chicago surged ahead by 13 points (59-46) in the fourth quarter.

But the Mercury’s 14-4 run to close out regulation, including the final five points from Diggins-Smith, bridged the gap to force overtime. Diggins-Smith’s game-tying free throw with 37.6 seconds left was the result of a technical foul on Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot.

In overtime, Phoenix rallied once more from down 72-67, outscoring Chicago 10-2 down the stretch.

Four of five Mercury starters scored in double figures. Kia Nurse, who hit the buzzer-beating game-winner on Tuesday, finished with 14 points. Megan Walker added 11 points, including 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.

Brianna Turner played a strong all-around game, posting eight points, nine rebounds and a team-high six assists to help Phoenix.

The Sky bench outscored the Mercury reserves 25-0, led by eight points apiece from Allie Quigley and Azura Stevens. But it was not enough to overcome the inside-out combination of Diggins-Smith and Griner.

In the course of her double-double, which included three blocked shots, Griner joined Lisa Leslie as just the second player in WNBA history with at least 4,000 points and 650 blocks.

–Field Level Media

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Sports

    Must See