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Taurasi-less Mercury overpower Wings

Field Level Media
11 Aug 2020, 11:40 GMT+10

Skylar Diggins-Smith scored a season-high 26 points, Brittney Griner recorded her first double-double of 2020 with 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Phoenix Mercury rolled past the Dallas Wings 91-79 on Monday in Bradenton, Fla.

Phoenix -- playing without Diana Taurasi, who sustained a hip injury in Saturday's loss to Seattle -- regrouped from an anemic offensive performance its last time out with effective ball movement on Monday.

The Mercury (5-3) scored 27 of their 35 made field goals off of assists. Leading scorers Diggins-Smith and Griner also set the tone with their passing, dishing out seven and five helpers, respectively.

Griner played a key role defensively, as well, blocking three shots. Her 6-foot-9 presence in the paint contributed to the Wings (3-5) shooting just 37.8 percent from the floor.

Dallas' offensive woes were not limited to the interior. The Wings shot just 7 of 26 (26.9 percent) from beyond the 3-point line. Phoenix was not much better at 6 of 22 (27.3 percent), but both Diggins-Smith and Nia Coffey knocked down a pair from long range.

Coffey was one four Mercury players to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Brianna Turner added 13 points, and her 11 rebounds contributed to Phoenix's 40-34 advantage on the glass.

Turner sank a layup midway through the second quarter, kicking off an 11-2 run over the next 4:07 as Phoenix turned a one-point deficit into an eight-point lead.

The Mercury's lead hung around that mark until the late third quarter, when a Arike Ogunbowale technical foul began a 9-0 run. Phoenix grew its lead to 16 points and led by double digits for much of the rest of the way.

Satou Sabally recorded a double-double for Dallas with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but the rookie came out of the game with a little more than five minutes remaining due to an ankle injury.

Ogunbowale led the Wings with 22 points, but she made just 7 of 23 field-goal attempts. Allisha Gray scored 17 points on a team-best 6-of-11 shooting and added seven rebounds.

--Field Level Media

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