September 7, 2017 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Phoenix Mercury
PHOENIX - The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury earned a spot in another win-or-go-home single-elimination showdown, set for Sunday at NOON Phoenix time (3 p.m. ET) against the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena. Phoenix earned the second-round berth by virtue of an 79-69 win over the Seattle Storm in the opening round of the 2017 WNBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Arena. Phoenix's second-round date with the Sun will air on ESPN2.
In Round 2 of the 2017 WNBA Playoffs, the fifth-seeded Mercury and fourth-seeded Sun meet, while either the sixth-seeded Washington Mystics travel to New York to take on the third-seeded Liberty. The winners of these games will advance to play in the best-of-five WNBA Semifinals against either top-seeded Minnesota or second-seeded Los Angeles.
Phoenix, who is now 3-0 in single-elimination games since the league changed its playoff format last season, had three meetings with the Sun this season, twice playing in Connecticut. Despite a 33-point performance by Diana Taurasi on August 4, the Sun came away with a one-point win, 93-92, followed by a 94-66 win 16 days later in Connecticut. The Mercury rebounded with an impressive 86-66 win over the visiting Sun on September 1 at Talking Stick Resort Arena behind 31 points from Brittney Griner. Phoenix and Connecticut have never met in the WNBA Playoffs.