Storm Slip By Mercury, Take Home Opener
SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 75-72 in front of a sellout crowd at KeyArena.
Seattle was led by Tanisha Wright’s game-high 20 points. Camille Little added 13 points and Tina Thompson chipped in seven points and six rebounds.
Phoenix was paced by Candice Dupree, who scored 18 points and had five rebounds. Brittney Griner added 17 points and seven rebounds. Diana Taurasi had 10 points in the losing effort.
Phoenix jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, scoring the first eight points. The Mercury built its biggest lead of the night in the first quarter, up 20-9, but the Storm dug in defensively and clawed back into the game, closing the score to 22-16 at the end of the first quarter.
With its trademark defense, the Storm frustrated Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner. Taurasi was kept at bay most of the night, scoring only 10 points, as she accumulated five personal fouls. Griner, who scored 17 points, was bothered all night by the waves of Storm players defending her in the post. Her frustration showed with a flagrant foul after setting an illegal screen and a technical foul for slamming the ball into the media table after a missed pass.
Griner led all players with seven rebounds and Tina Thompson had six for the Storm. Temeka Johnson dished out six assists and Shekinna Stricklen added 11 points. Charde Houston led Phoenix with six assists. A crowd of 9,686 provided an intense backdrop of a back-and-forth game. Tina Thompson was the Player of the Game in her first game since her announcement of her retirement.
The Storm returns to action on Friday, June 7 when the Tulsa Shock comes to town. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
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