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Mercury Lose to Lynx 118-107 in Double Overtime

Sophie Cunningham
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The Phoenix Mercury lost to the Minnesota Lynx 118-107 in double overtime. Late in the fourth quarter, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham hit a free throw to give the Lynx 89-86, but Sophie Cunningham hit a second-chance 3 with 4.0 seconds left to force overtime.

Kayla McBride made two free throws to give the Lynx a 103-101 lead with 2.1 seconds left in the first overtime. After a timeout, Skylar Diggins-Smith made a driving layup to force a second OT. In the double overtime, Lynx pulled a way to get the win.

Cunningham led the Mercury in scoring with a career-high 36 points, six three-pointers, and five steals. She also had seven rebounds in 47 minutes played. Cunningham played outstanding too bad the Mercury could not get the victory.

Skylar Diggins-smith continued her strong season, scoring 32 points and dishing out ten assists. She Shot 11-28 from the field but was 8-11 from the free-throw line. Diana Taurasi added 17 points out of her 23 shots; 17 were three-pointers.

Aerial Powers led the Lynx in scoring with 35 points on 13-24 shooting from the field; she also grabbed 13 rebounds. Powers got whatever she wanted; Phoenix could not stop her at all. Banham added 24 points on the bench while adding six three-pointers.

Sylvia Fowles added 14 points and 14 rebounds, she is retiring at the end of the season, but Fowles is still going strong. Kayla McBride added 17 points, while Jessica Shepard scored 13 points off the bench.

Phoenix took 50 three-pointers out off 100 total shots and made 15; the Mercury were outrebounded 55-44 but won the turnover margin 22-9. Minnesota shot 47.7.from the field and 40.7% from beyond the arc.

If Phoenix wants to win games, they must defend better going forward. Also, 50 three-pointers are too much; they need to be more aggressive in getting to the basket.

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