Mercury Loses to the Storm 83-64
With all the injuries that the Phoenix Mercury have suffered this year, everyone held their breath as Mercury’s sensational rookie guard Samantha Prahalis went out of the game with 2:51 left in the second quarter with a left ankle injury. The list of injuries is like a who’s who in both volume and greatness. Diana Taurasi, strained left hip flexor; Penny Taylor, torn left ACL; Charde Houston, mild left MCL strain; Candice Dupree, left knee contusion and now could it be Samantha Prahalis with a left Ankle injury? The good news is that Prahalis came back in the second half and seemed to play without any after effects from the earlier ankle injury. The bad news is that the Mercury, although only 4 points behind at half time 41-37, were outscored in the 3rd quarter 26-6 and end up losing the game to the Storm 83-64.
DeWanna Bonner, Mercury’s leading scorer, averaging 20.9 PPG, scored 18 points however was only 4 for 17 from the field. Prahalis was 3 for 11 from the field with 7 points. Two of the Mercury players who do not usually get much attention played very well: Alexis Hornbuckle, 5 for 9 from the field with 8 rebounds, 5 assists scored 13 points for one of her better performances of the year. Newly acquired, Lynetta Kizer also played well scoring 14 points. She was 6 for 12 from the field with 5 rebounds.
The WNBA takes a month long break due to the Olympics. This is a welcome time for Mercury players to recover from their injuries except Taylor who is out for the season.