Found September 05, 2013 on
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PHOENIX With the end of her 10th season in sight, the most important variable attributed to the WNBAs brightest star hasnt been diminished.
Through the tribulations of an uneven season, passion for the game stills governs her approach.
I love coming to the gym, Mercury guard Diana Taurasi said in an interview after Wednesdays practice. Its the only thing I want to do when I get up in the morning.
When this season began, the 31-year-old superstar faced each day with a rise in expectation fueled by an anticipated return to good health for a couple of teammates and the addition of prized rookie Brittney Griner.
But the joy Taurasi typically derives from playing the game can be compromised by scoreboard results. Through 21 games, the Mercury with a lack of continuity due to injuries and other issues had 11 defeats.
Youre happy, but if you lose, that joy goes out the window, she said.
Through a slight alteration in job description, a second season of injury setbacks to teammates...
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Whenever the time comes -- and shes not expecting it to be any time soon -- Diana Taurasi insists that basketball will continue to play a big role in her life after she retires from pro hoops.
"Ive done it (basketball) all my life," she said. "I couldnt see my life without it, whether its coaching or working kids out. Theres definitely something about basketball I...
Britney Griner had 12 of her 16 points in the second half and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury beat San Antonio 83-80 Friday night, clinching the last playoff berth in the Western Conference.
Candice Dupree had 18 points and eight rebounds for Phoenix (16-13), which reached the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons after missing the postseason...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Despite an up-and-down season, the Phoenix Mercury and Brittney Griner are headed to the WNBA playoffs.
Griner, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, had 12 of her 16 points in the second half and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds as the Mercury beat the Silver Stars 83-80 Friday night, clinching the last playoff berth in the Western Conference.
Having recovered from their mid-season slumps, the Atlanta Dream and Phoenix Mercury are aiming to lock down playoff seeds.
The Dream can clinch the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with their fourth straight victory Sunday while the visiting Mercury look to sweep this season series for the second time in three years.
This contest also features the WNBA's top two scorers...