Mercury fall to 2-5
The Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury Friday night, 95-81.
With the loss, the Mercury fell to 2-5 on the season, winless on the road.
Rookie of the month Breanna Stewart was one assist away from a triple-double (14-10-9), after being held to just three points in the first half.
The Storm improved to 3-4 and look forward to a bright future with Breanna Stewart and Jewel Loyd at the helm.
The Mercury, down just five at halftime, weren’t able to gain any momentum in the second half but managed to stay within striking distance thanks to a barrage of 3’s by Penny Taylor.
Seattle was 12-24 from 3, while the Mercury went 7-19, six from Taylor alone.
Both teams shot close to 50% on the night.
Penny Taylor led the Mercury with 19 points. Brittney Griner chipped in 13 with six boards and two blocks, while Diana Taurasi was held to only eight points.
For the Storm, Jewel Loyd scored 32 points. In two games against the Mercury this season, Loyd has a combined 62 points.
The Mercury gave up 14 offensive rebounds to their ten and were outrebounded 37-26 on the night. They took just 13 foul shots, compared to the Storms 24 attempts.
Executing the fast break was an issue, as the Mercury only registered two fast break points all night.
Things don’t get any easier for the Mercury. They take on the defending and undefeated champions, Minnesota Lynx Tuesday, on the road. Where, as I mentioned before, they are winless.
The Storm host the New York Liberty Sunday.