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Mercury Struggles Down the Stretch to Lose 86-77 to Lynx

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The Minnesota Lynx uses a strong fourth quarter to beat Phoenix Mercury 86-77. As a result, there is a four-way tie for the seventh spot between the Mercury, Lynx, Atlanta Dream, and the New York Liberty.

The Mercury once again played without Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith. However, with those two being out, the Mercury had some players step up. Shey Peddy scored 21 points while hitting five three-pointers. In addition, Peddy grabbed ten rebounds, dished out four assists, and had three steals.

Sophie Cunningham added 24 points while hitting 6-10 of her three-point shots. Off the bench, Megan Gustafson had a career-high 15 points. But unfortunately, it was not enough to pull out a victory against the Lynx.

Minnesota had five players score in double figures, with Kayla McBride leading the way with 18 points. Sylvia Fowles added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Jessica Shepard had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Naphessa Collier scored 11 points in her second game back, and Aerial Powers added 14 points off the bench; Powers also hit some big shots in the fourth quarter.

The one thing that hurt Phoenix was being outscored from the free-throw line 20-8. Also, being outrebounded 38-27 did not help either. The Mercury had a chance to win down the stretch, but they did not execute well enough to win.

Phoenix has two games left in the season: home games against the Dallas Wings and the Chicago Sky. Hopefully, Diggins-Smith will be able to play in the final two games. Stay tuned; it should be some good basketball in the next two games.


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LaMarr Fields is a WNBA Insider, Sports Insider, and breaking news reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on Twitter via @lburncitysports

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