WNBA Preseason: Phoenix (60) – Indiana (75)

The 3rd and 4th positions of the WNBA Preseason Tournament were in play, and the Indiana Fever beat the Phoenix Mercury by 15. First of all, the Mercury, after having lost their first two preseason games, with bad games from their best players, is showing that Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor will have even more work to done than expected. Brittney Griner, Candice Dupree and DeWanna Bonner are able to put up some numbers, but not able to play together and be successful; and Erin Phillips is not having a good preseason, which demonstrates how hard it is to be the starting point guard for this star-studded Mercury.

From the Fever side, they are the team with the most games played in the preseason, and they are acquiring good form fast. Natasha Howard, the all-around forward rookie was excellent with 7/8 shooting for 16 points, and with the help from Marissa Coleman and Karima Christmas, they completely dominated the game from the start. And if these players get well along, it looks scary how competitive this squad can be once Tamika Catchings and growing-start Shavonte Zellous, as well as Erlana Larkins, get back. Marissa Coleman and Natasha Howard can be real-game changers for a team that lacked just that last year. Finally, it’s worth to mention that even if they had a good last game, Jaterra Bonds, Ziomara Morrison and Heiden Palmer have been cut from the Fever.

PHOENIX MERCURY (60)
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
C. Dupree F 24:48 7-10 0-0 1-1 -12 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 15
D. Bonner G-F 25:42 1-7 0-2 6-8 -6 0 4 4 1 3 3 3 0 0 8
B. Griner C 22:54 5-11 0-0 3-3 -15 3 3 6 0 4 0 3 3 0 13
S. Murphy G 21:58 3-7 1-1 0-0 -11 1 2 3 1 3 2 1 1 0 7
E. Phillips G 20:11 0-2 0-0 0-0 -11 2 1 3 5 2 0 2 0 0 0
T. Bias 15:02 0-3 0-1 1-2 -2 0 1 1 2 1 2 3 0 0 1
K. Thomas 15:44 1-3 0-0 1-3 -5 0 1 1 2 5 0 2 4 0 3
M. Lucas 15:21 1-4 0-0 1-2 -6 0 2 2 0 1 0 4 0 1 3
B. Gilbreath 13:39 0-1 0-0 1-2 -2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1
A. Sykes 13:11 2-5 0-3 1-1 -2 0 4 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 5
A. Gray-Lawson 11:30 2-4 0-0 0-0 -3 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 4
INDIANA FEVER (75)
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
K. Christmas G-F 26:30 2-5 1-1 2-4 +9 1 3 4 2 3 1 1 0 0 7
N. Howard F 18:04 7-8 0-0 2-2 +14 0 4 4 0 3 0 1 1 1 16
J. Hassell F 14:52 0-2 0-0 0-2 +21 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 0 0 0
M. Coleman G-F 15:58 4-7 2-2 1-1 +14 0 2 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 11
L. Clarendon G 13:59 2-2 0-0 0-0 +15 0 1 1 3 2 1 2 0 0 4
L. Kizer 20:29 2-11 0-0 4-6 -4 2 5 7 0 4 0 2 0 4 8
S. Carter 18:27 2-9 0-2 2-2 +1 1 1 2 1 6 1 4 0 1 6
V. Macaulay 21:56 2-7 0-1 1-2 +1 1 4 5 1 2 2 1 1 0 5
J. Bonds 22:59 3-6 0-1 4-4 +2 0 3 3 1 0 1 2 0 1 10
H. Palmer 22:07 2-6 0-0 2-2 +4 4 0 4 2 3 1 2 0 1 6
Z. Morrison 04:39 1-1 0-0 0-0 -2 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 2

 

 

 

 

 

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