WNBA: Mitchell saves the day for Phoenix
|Alanna Jarry||Sep 2, 2017|
This week New York continued their good form and broke a few franchise records with their form, Rebecca Allen was damaging for the Liberty and Leilani Mitchell was clutch in a tight one for Phoenix.
New York turned up the defensive pressure to new heights against Washington, particularly late in the last quarter to run over the top of them at 74-66. Allen scored 2 points in this match, as her team was led by the aggressiveness of Tina Charles, Epiphanny Prince and Shavonte Zellous who all combined for 58 points.
Things continued for New York, who strung together a solid game to make easy work of Chicago. Allen was crucial off the bench in this game, providing a spark with 9 points, 2 assists and 3 steals as she got among it. The Liberty took away a 92-62 point win, which puts them in a healthy position for the post-season, ensuring they have a fourth-seed position with a guarantee of a first round bye in the playoffs.
The match also set a new franchise record for New York, for the first time winning 20 wins in 3 consecutive seasons.
Phoenix clinched the victory over Seattle by 4 points, combining for 75 to Seattle’s 71. Mitchell’s two late 3-pointers put the Mercury in front and meant they were able to hold off Seattle till the end. Mitchell, who has been promoted to the starting 5, finished on 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in an epic game for her. Talbot had 2 points while George wasn’t able to make an impact. Brittney Griner absolutely dominated with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Sami Whitcomb wasn’t given much opportunity to help Seattle either, as they relied heavily on their starting 5.
Phoenix Mercury clinched a victory over Seattle by just 4 points. Mitchell was crucial in this game, with two late 3-pointers from the point guard putting the Mercury in front and with the help of a game-sealing 3-pointer from Diana Taurasi, meant that Phoenix had the win.