The Phoenix Mercury tied their semi-finals series 1-1 on the road against the Las Vegas Aces with a final score of 117-91. The Mercury began the game moving the ball in the first quarter. They were looking to create shots and that aggressive approach put them up 17 at the end of the first. Brittney Griner used her length, toughness, and footwork to start the game scoring 16 points in quarter one. Griner continues to have patience regardless of being doubled and pressured with the ball. Phoenix Mercury play their cards
First Half Results
Despite being out previously due to an ankle injury, Diana Taurasi performed at maximum level early into the matchup. Phoenix shoot 77% throughout the first half, which explains their considerable lead at the beginning. At the end of the first half, the great Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner led the Mercury scoring 17 and 18 points respectively.
The Las Vegas Aces Riquna Williams showed up on both ends of the floor for her team. Williams is shot 5-8 from the field, with one steal and one block to set the pace for game 2. Headed into halftime, the Aces overcame a seventeen-point deficit by finding their momentum and creating looks for the team.
Key Player Contributions
Griner was a threat throughout the entire game. She moved the ball and consistently got her teammates’ great looks. She did all that while scoring a total of 25 points by the end of quarter three.
The Phoenix Mercury Skylar Diggins-Smith, who’s leading the league in most free throw appearances, significantly contributed to her teams’ success with 17 points.
The biggest concern for Las Vegas coming into game two was making sure they maintain a sense of urgency throughout game. The sixth player of the year, Kelsey Plum, continued to play the entire game despite being tested throughout while scoring 23 points for Las Vegas. Commonly referred to as the White Mamba, Diana Taurasi set a new career-high of 37 points, shooting 8-11 from three while performing on a sore left ankle.
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