Mercury lose franchise-worst 26th game

BY foxsports • September 21, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) -- Maya Moore scored 13 of her 21 points in the
first half as the Minnesota Lynx cruised to an 89-66 victory over the
Phoenix Mercury on Friday night.


Erin Thorn had 17 points, Seimone
Augustus added 16 points and four assists, and Lindsay Whalen scored 13
points for defending champion Minnesota (27-6). The Lynx, who have
clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, open the playoffs at
home against Seattle next Friday.


DeWanna Bonner scored 17 points for
Phoenix (7-26), which matched the franchise record for losses in a
season, set in 2003. The Mercury finish the season Sunday against the
Storm.


The Lynx played their starters into the third quarter, extending their lead to 33 after leading 51-34 at the break.


Minnesota swept the four-game season
series with Phoenix this season after beating the Mercury 2-0 in the
West finals a year ago. Thorn shot 5 for 8 on 3-pointers for the Lynx.


The last-place Mercury, with three of
its regulars back from injury, stayed with Minnesota for more than a
quarter until the Lynx scored 13 straight points, keyed by Thorn's
back-to-back-to-back 3s midway through the second period, that gave
Minnesota a 37-25 lead with 5:18 left in the first half.


Candice Dupree, who missed 21 games
this season after knee surgery, had eight points and seven rebounds in
18 minutes for Phoenix, which had reached the Western Conference finals
the last three seasons.


Sammy Prahalis, who missed six games
with an injured shoulder, had 14 points and eight assists for the
Mercury, who have lost six straight.


Olympian Diana Taurasi, who has missed 23 games this season, much of it with a hip flexor, did not play.


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