The Phoenix Mercury season ended on Saturday night after a 117-80 loss to the Las Vegas Aces. Phoenix played well in the first quarter and only trailed by four points heading into the second quarter.
Las Vegas went on to outscore Phoenix 29-14 in the second quarter and never looked back. The Aces set a WNBA playoff record by hitting 23 three-point shots. Las Vegas made 23-36 three-pointers, good for 63.9%. They also shot 64.1% from the field. The Aces also had 31 team assists.
Phoenix never had a chance after the first quarter, Kaela Davis led the Mercury in scoring with 23 points, and Diamond DeShields added 21 points. Nobody else scored in double figures. On the other hand, the Aces had six players score in double figures, led by Chelsea Gray‘s 27 points and eight assists.
It was a crazy season for the Mercury dealing with the Brittney Griner situation and the Tina Charles contract divorce. Also, Phoenix dealt with many injuries with Diana Taurasi, Kia Nurse, and Shey Peddy. In addition, Skylar Diggins-Smith missed the season’s end and the playoffs for personal reasons. So the Mercury pretty much had a starting five that was not able to play.
Even with all the issues and injuries, the Mercury continued to fight and was able to make the playoffs. They never gave up, and it’s something they can hang their head on in the off-season. It will be interesting to see what the Mercury does in the off-season with many free agents on their roster.
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LaMarr Fields is a WNBA Insider, Sports Insider, and breaking news
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