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Slow Start Hurts Phoenix Against Chicago

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The Phoenix Mercury got off to a slow start and lost to the Chicago Sky 91-75 in Chicago. The Sky went on a 23-5 run to close the first quarter to take a 32-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Phoenix went on 20-3 second quarter to make the game interesting, but Chicago was too much in the end. Allie Quigley led the Sky in scoring 19 points, and Candace Parker added 14 rebounds and seven assists. The Sky had five players score in double figures.

The WNBA All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 25 points while shooting 8-of-17 from the field. Ten of 25 points came in the second quarter of the game. Diggins-Smith reached the 4,000 career point mark in the third quarter; she has been fantastic this year for the Mercury.

Diamond DeShields added 21 points off the bench, along with nine rebounds. Sophie Cunningham scored 12 points while hitting 3 three-point shots. Diana Taurasi struggled in the game, scoring just two points on 1-of-6 shooting; her first points did not come into late in the third quarter.

The Mercury struggled from the three-point line shooting 25% from beyond the arc. Chicago, on the other hand, shot 50%. The Sky also shot 52.6% from the field, while Phoenix shot 40.9%. The Mercury came into the game undersized and lost the rebounding batter 37 to 27.

Phoenix has its three-game winning streak snapped; they are now 9-13 on the season. The Mercury to Los Angeles to take on the Sparks on the Fourth of July.

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