JUL 12, 2014 3:00p ET
While their latest victory wasn't pretty, the WNBA-leading Phoenix Mercury continue to take care of business.
Looking to avenge its only home defeat, Phoenix tries to extend its franchise-best winning streak to 10 on Sunday when it hosts the San Antonio Stars.
After cruising to a 78-58 win over Seattle on Wednesday, the Mercury (15-3) got all they could handle at Chicago on Friday. Phoenix, averaging a league-best 84.2 points, shot a season-worst 37.3 percent and posted its lowest scoring total of the year in the 72-66 victory.
"Sometimes you have to win ugly," coach Sandy Brondello said. "That was probably our worst performance of the year. ... We struggled, but we just dug deep."
Diana Taurasi led the way with 19 points despite shooting 4 of 13, and fellow All-Star Brittney Griner added 11 to go with 10 rebounds and six blocks. All five starters scored in double figures for Phoenix.
"We have so many weapons," said Taurasi, who also added five assists. "There's never a bad moment to make a pass to someone on our team."
The Mercury have also had their hands full in two meetings with the Stars (11-10). Phoenix was outplayed in a 78-74 home loss May 23, then needed double overtime to win 91-79 at San Antonio on June 7.
The Stars had posted back-to-back wins before getting blown out 88-67 by Seattle on Friday. San Antonio, which was outrebounded 32-22 and outscored 30-18 in the paint, was held to eight points and 15.0 percent shooting in the third quarter.
"We just seemed a step behind everything," coach Dan Hughes said after watching the Storm shoot 55.4 percent. "Makeable shots we turned into unmakeable shots. It was a tough night for the Stars."
Kayla McBride had 13 points while making all 10 of her free throws and Danielle Robinson and Shenise Johnson scored 10 apiece.
"We just have to get back on track," Robinson said. "Obviously, we know how it feels when we do it right. We just have to remember that feeling and get back to it in Phoenix (on Sunday)."
Getting back on the road could help the Stars, who have won six of their last seven as the visiting team.
While the Mercury couldn't keep up with San Antonio at US Airways Center back in May, they've outscored opponents by an average of 16.6 points in winning their other seven games there.
Griner continues to be a standout on the defensive end, averaging 5.7 blocks her last seven games, and has a league-leading 74 overall. She has slumped a little offensively at home, averaging 10.8 points on 48.6 percent shooting her last four games there, well off her season marks of 15.4 and 57.5.