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Phoenix Mercury Postgame Notes

August 1, 2020 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Phoenix Mercury News Release

KEY STAT

Led behind Diana Taurasi's game-high 10 assists, the Mercury dished 30 team assists on 38 made baskets this evening. The 30 team assists matched the Mercury franchise record for assists in a game, the fourth time in team history reaching 30 and the first since July 13, 2011.

HIGHLIGHTS

Diana Taurasi tied for a game-high in points (22) to go along with a game-high 10 assists. It marked Taurasi's 19th-career double-double and the 13th of her career doing so with points and assists. She moved into a tie for fourth place with Lindsay Whalen on the WNBA's all-time points/assist double-double list.

Having played in only six games a season ago, tonight marked Diana Taurasi's first 20-point game since August 17, 2018.

Skylar Diggins-Smith matched Diana Taurasi in scoring tonight, dropping a game-high 22 points to go along with five assists. Diggins-Smith finished four-of-eight from three-point range and was nine-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the floor.

Brittney Griner was on triple-double watch tonight, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists to go along with a season-high three blocks tonight. Griner was one assist away from matching her career high in assists.

Brianna Turner nearly recorded her first career double-double this evening, notching nine points and a game-high nine rebounds. The second-year forward added three blocks and now has 12 blocks in four career games against the Aces.

Bria Hartley came off the bench to score 15 points to go along with five assists in the Mercury's win tonight. Hartley has dished five assists in all three of the Mercury's games this season and has totaled 42 points off the bench in the first three games.

With tonight's win, the Mercury improved to 45-3 in games the team has led entering the fourth quarter since the start of the 2017 season. In 2016, Phoenix finished 12-7 when leading entering the final quarter of play.

Las Vegas forward Angel McCoughtry led the Aces in scoring this evening with 18 points to go along with three assists.

A'ja Wilson finished with 17 points to go along with eight rebounds tonight

Sugar Rodgers came off the bench to chip in 16 points on five-of-eight shooting (four three-pointers).

The Mercury will return to action this Sunday, August 2 against New York at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on ESPN.


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