Storm star Swin Cash crossed her legs and sighed, “I’m happy we’re in this locker room on the winning side cause after three (overtime) quarters of this, I’d hate to be feeling like we lost the game.”
Looking at video of Phoenix after the 111-107 triple overtime decision on Wednesday, Cash may be right. While Mercury coach Corey Gaines proclaimed it was a “good loss” because the team battled back from a nine-point deficit to take the matchup into three overtimes, players were less enthused. Star Diana Taurasi was nearly a solo act with her season-high 44 points, not scoring a bucket in the final overtime.
Taurasi won an ESPY on Wednesday evening for best WNBA player, however. Her Mercury (7-12) will host Tulsa on Saturday, which is riding a 12-game losing streak. Phoenix dropped to third in Western Conference standings and is in a fight with Minnesota (7-11) to get second – which would secure home-court in the opening round of the playoffs.
Seattle is off on Thursday, traveling to Minnesota to play the Lynx on Saturday afternoon. The Storm (17-2) is in the midst of a three-game, eight-day road trip.
Hopefully Cash, Sue Bird, and Lauren Jackson will be their normal selves against Minnesota. Due to travel for the WNBA’s pseudo All-Star game in Connecticut, they leaned heavily on teammates for the Phoenix win.
“They’re expected to be tired,” said Storm G Tanisha Wright, who scored a season-high 20 points with six assists against Phoenix. “We all got rest. We may have traveled (home), but we didn’t do anything for the most part. Once they get their legs back, we’ll go from there. I think everybody was tired, though, it was the first game back.”
And what a game to watch. Here are some highlights to relive: