Mercury Clinch 2018 WNBA Playoff Berth

August 9, 2018 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Phoenix Mercury News Release

PHOENIX - The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury will aim for a league-record tying fourth WNBA Championship this postseason after the team clinched its franchise-record sixth consecutive playoff appearance (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), tenth in the last 12 seasons and 13th in franchise history overall.

The Mercury sealed its berth tonight by virtue of Las Vegas' loss at home to Minnesota. Already the winningest postseason coach in franchise history, Mercury Head Coach SandyBrondello has now reached the playoffs in all five of her years at the helm of the Mercury.

If the Mercury finish as the 2nd seed for the playoffs, Phoenix will earn a bye in Rounds 1 and 2 and will host Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-five series in the WNBA Semifinals. Game 1 would take place at GCU Arena on the campus of Grand Canyon University on Sunday, August 26 due to a scheduling conflict at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Game 2 would take place back at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Tuesday, August 28.

If Phoenix finishes as the 3rdor 4thseed, the Mercury will earn a Round 1 bye and host a Round 2 single-elimination game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday, August 23.

If Phoenix finishes as the 5thor 6thseed, the Mercury will host a Round 1 single-elimination game at Wells Fargo Arena on the campus of Arizona State University on Tuesday, August 21, due to a scheduling conflict at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

If Phoenix finishes 7thor 8th, the team will play on the road in Round 1 with the time, date and opponent/location still to be determined.

Tickets will go on sale when playoff dates and rounds have officially been determined.

2018 Playoff Dates

Round/Format Date Location Time

Round 1 (Single Elimination): Tuesday, August 21 TBD TBD

Round 2 (Single Elimination): Thursday, August 23 TBD TBD

Semifinals (Best-of-Five): Sunday, August 26 (Game 1) TBD TBD

WNBA Finals (Best-of-Five): Thursday, September 6 (Game 1) TBD TBD

WNBA all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi and 2017 WNBA scoring champion Brittney Griner return to Phoenix this summer to lead the Mercury in a quest for the franchise's WNBA-record tying fourth championship. Tickets to the Mercury's next home game on Friday, August 10 against Indiana, and the rest of the Mercury's 2018 home games are on sale NOW and can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting PhoenixMercury.com.

• Discuss this story on the Women's National Basketball Association message board...

Women's National Basketball Association Stories from August 9, 2018


The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.