Seattle was rushed into the offseason earlier than imaged. Phoenix won, 78-65, at KeyArena in Sunday’s regular-season finale, clinching the WNBA-record for most wins in a season (29) and shooting percentage (48.4). The Mercury hosts Los Angeles on Friday in the opening-round of the playoffs.
The Storm (12-22) will hold exit interviews on Monday. Many players expect to be gone by the end of the week.
“That’s an amazing feat,” said G Diana Taurasi of Phoenix finishing the season at a record 29-5. “It’s such a long and hard season to win that many games. That takes all 11 people and a coaching staff that really was on it from day one. The work they put in has really prepared us for every single game. That helped us in games that we weren’t necessarily playing well, but those little things kept us in games and helped us pull a lot of them out.”
Here’s the video and some stats from Sunday’s game:
KEY STAT OF THE GAME
RECORD-SETTING MERCURY: Phoenix became the first team in WNBA history to win 29 games in a regular season. Previously, the 2000 and 2001 Los Angeles Sparks and 2010 Storm had shared the WNBA record with 28 wins.
- Phoenix’s .853 winning percentage is the fourth-best in WNBA history, trailing the 1998 Houston Comets (27-3, .900) and the 2000 and 2001 Sparks (28-4, .875).
- The Mercury won its 13th road game of the season, a new franchise record (was 12 in 2009 and 2011) and tied for the most in league history (previously done seven times).
- Phoenix swept the season series 5-0. Last year, the Storm swept the Mercury 4-0. Phoenix last swept the Storm during the franchise’s inaugural 2000 season (3-0).
- The Storm finished tied with the Tulsa Shock for the WNBA’s worst record at 12-22.
- For the first time since 2004, the Storm will participate in the WNBA Draft Lottery, to be held during halftime of Thursday’s playoff game on ESPN2. The game tips off at 5 p.m. Pacific.
- Noelle Quinn scored a season-high 11 points (previously nine four times).
- Camille Little finished as the Storm’s leading scorer at 12.88 points per game. Crystal Langhorne finished at 12.85
- Langhorne (16) scored double figures for the 10th time in the team’s final 11 games.
- Langhorne’s .571 shooting percentage was the highest ever for a qualifying Storm player (minimum 45 FGA).
- The Mercury finished the season shooting a WNBA-record 48.4 percent as a team, surpassing the 47.4 percent shot by the 2013 Lynx.
- Brittney Griner blocked two shots. She finished the season with 129 surpassing the previous record of 114 by the late Margo Dydek in 1998. Griner led the WNBA in blocks per game (3.79) for the second year in a row.
- With 18 points and 10 rebounds, Griner recorded her eighth double-double of 2014 and the 11th of her career.
- Erin Phillips (11 points) scored double digits for the sixth time this season.
- Diana Taurasi finished as the WNBA’s leading assister at 5.6 apg. Taurasi, who has led the WNBA in scoring five times, is the first player ever to lead the league in both categories during different seasons of her career.
Taurasi’s two points were a season low. She attempted a season-low four shots.