Mercury win Game 1 shootout in OT

By BOB BAUM

AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX — The WNBA

finals was supposed to be Phoenix‘s offense

against Indiana‘s

defense.

How about offense vs. offense? Enough for the

highest-scoring game in WNBA history.

Cappie Pondexter missed a potential winning tip-in at the fourth-quarter buzzer then scored seven of her 23 points in overtime Tuesday night to help the Mercury beat the Fever 120-116 in the highest-scoring game in WNBA history.

“Well, if you didn’t like women’s basketball,” Phoenix coach Corey

Gaines said, “I think you do now.”

Pondexter, frustrated and in foul trouble in the first

half, scored the final five points to close out Game 1 of the best-of-five

series.

“You got to let the game come to you,” the

Mercury guard said.

Penny Taylor scored 23 points and newly crowned league

MVP Diana Taurasi had 22 for Phoenix.

Katie Douglas tied it with a 3-pointer for Indiana with

7.1 seconds left in regulation, then scored eight in overtime for the Fever to

reach a career playoff-high 30 points. Ebony Hoffman had a career-high 27 on 12

of 14 shooting as the Fever set a franchise scoring record in just the second

100-point game in clubCappie Pondexter missed a potential winning tip-in at the fourth-quarter buzzer then scored seven of her 23 points in overtime Tuesday night to help the Mercury beat the Fever 120-116 in the highest-scoring game in WNBA history.
“Well, if you didn’t like women’s basketball,” Phoenix coach Corey Gaines said, “I think you do now.”