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Phoenix Mercury Announces 2019 Opening Night Roster

May 23, 2019 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Phoenix Mercury News Release

PHOENIX - The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury today announced its 12-player opening night roster for the 2019 season in advance of the Mercury's season opener on Saturday, May 25 in Seattle at 12:30 p.m. PST on ABC. WNBA all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi and 2018 WNBA All-Stars Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner return to lead a Mercury roster that features six-time WNBA All-Defensive Team selection and former WNBA All-Star and Champion Briann January, 2019 WNBA Draft picks Alanna Smith, Brianna Turner, Sophie Cunningham and Arica Carter, and offseason addition and former WNBA champion Essence Carson.

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Exp From/Year

24 DeWanna Bonner F 6-4 143 08/21/1987 9 Auburn/2009

1 Arica Carter G 5-7 143 07/19/1996 R Louisville/2019

17 Essence Carson G 6-0 163 07/28/1986 11 Rutgers/2008

9 Sophie Cunningham G 6-1 170 08/16/1996 R Missouri/2019

42 Brittney Griner C 6-9 205 10/18/1990 6 Baylor/2013

12 Briann January G 5-8 144 01/11/1987 10 Arizona State/2009

20 Camille Little F 6-2 180 01/18/1985 12 North Carolina/2007

31 Sancho Lyttle F 6-5 175 09/20/1983 14 Houston/2005

11 Alanna Smith F 6-4 180 11/10/1996 R Stanford/2019

3 Diana Taurasi G 6-0 163 06/11/1982 14 Connecticut/2004

21 Brianna Turner F 6-3 170 07/05/1996 R Notre Dame/2019

6 Yvonne Turner G 5-10 131 10/13/1987 2 Nebraska/2010

HEAD COACH: Sandy Brondello (Australia)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Julie Hairgrove (Arizona), Penny Taylor (Australia)

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT COACH: Jennifer Gillom (Ole Miss)

HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER: Alicia Yamamoto (Indiana University)

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH: Jonathan Mak (Illinois State University)

Following Saturday's season opener, the Mercury will tip-off its 2019 home schedule with Fry's Food Stores Opening Night on Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. Phoenix Time on ESPN2 against 2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year A'ja Wilson, Liz Cambage and the Las Vegas Aces.

After coming within one win of trip to the WNBA Finals, the Phoenix Mercury return in 2019 in search of a league-record tying fourth WNBA title. Led by the All-Star trio of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix opens its title quest on May 25 at Seattle on ABC. Tickets for Fry's Food Stores Opening Night on Friday, May 31, at Talking Stick Resort Arena can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting

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