Phoenix Mercury force game 4 against Seattle
The Phoenix Mercury ended the first quarter with a 10 point lead, This gave them a small cushion as they only scored 16 points to Seattle's 19 points before the half. (42-35 Phoenix). Turner finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. She stated "I always make sure I'm doing what I need to do, knowing what our schemes are and when I need to step up, I have to step up. I was able to do that tonight." With this mindset and physicality, the starting line up change was a good mix up against the Storm which ended their 10-game loosing streak in the WNBA semifinal games.
Diana Taurasi struggled the first three quarters of the game. It wasn't until the fourth quarter before Taurasi scored her first basket. It was not the typical Taurasi that we are all used to see playing on the court, but her 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal kept the crowd on their feet in the fourth quarter at Talking Stick Arena.
Sue Bird and Jewell Lloyd joined Taurasi with the struggles throughout the game. Bird is Seattle's third leading scorer, but was scoreless in game three with 11 assists while playing 29.39 minutes. Lloyd playing 30.25 minutes ended with two points, three defensive rebounds, and one steal.
Natasha Howard (19 points, 10 rebounds), Jordin Canada (11 points), and Crystal Langhorne (11 points) gave a big offensive boost but it wasn't enough against the Mercury. Breanna Stewart added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Game 4 is Sunday in Phoenix at 5:00 pm EST.