Brittney Griner scored 29 points and Diana Taurasi had 8 of her 20 points in overtime as the host Phoenix Mercury evened the WNBA Finals at 1-1 with a 91-86 victory over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday, October 13 (Thursday, October 14, Manila time).
Skylar Diggins-Smith had 13 points and 12 assists and Shey Peddy scored 10 for the fifth-seeded Mercury.
Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-five series will be played in Chicago on Friday and Sunday.
Courtney Vandersloot had 20 points, 14 assists, and 5 steals, and forced overtime with a winding drive and layup in the final seconds of regulation. Allie Quigley also scored 19, Kahleah Copper had 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Candace Parker added 13 points with 9 boards to lead the sixth-seeded Sky.
Taurasi started the overtime scoring with a four-point play and Diggins-Smith followed with a basket for an 85-79 Mercury lead.
Quigley’s three-pointer started a 7-1 run that pulled Chicago even with 2:20 left.
Taurasi’s three-pointer nearly a minute later and Diggins-Smith’s layup with 12.8 seconds remaining gave the Mercury a 91-86 lead. Taurasi scored 18 of her 20 points after halftime.
Quigley’s basket started the third-quarter scoring and broke a 40-all halftime tie before the Mercury scored the next 4 points.
Parker scored 7 points during a 9-0 run that gave Chicago a 51-44 lead.
Vandersloot scored 8 points and the Sky led by as many as 8 before holding a 63-57 lead at the end of the period.
Taurasi made two three-pointers as Phoenix pulled ahead 65-63 and again took a lead at 70-69 on Griner’s three-point play.
Quigley’s three-pointer put Chicago back on top before baskets by Brianna Turner and Griner gave Phoenix a 74-72 lead with 2:46 left.
Vandersloot’s layup tied the score before baskets by Griner and Peddy gave the Mercury a 78-74 lead with 27.4 seconds left.
Copper’s three-point play pulled the Sky within 78-77 with 14.1 seconds left.
Peddy, a career 96.2% free throw shooter, made one of two free throws before Vandersloot’s layup forced overtime.
Chicago scored the first 5 points and held a 26-20 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Copper beat the buzzer with a basket that pulled the Sky even at 40 at halftime. – Rappler.com