Taurasi suspended for too many technicals

BY foxsports • July 23, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mercury guard Diana Taurasi was suspended one game for an accumulation of technical fouls.

Under WNBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay for one game upon receiving a seventh technical foul during the regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season, the player or coach will be automatically suspended for an additional game.

The All-Star guard, who has played in 17 games this season, incurred the technical at 7:31 of the second quarter on Sunday during the Mercury's game against the Lynx.

She will serve the suspension on Wednesday when the Mercury visit Minnesota for an afternoon game.

The Mercury suffered their ninth consecutive loss to the Lynx on Sunday in Phoenix.

Phoenix led the Lynx by eight at halftime as they limited Minnesota All-Star May Moore to seven points and 3-of-12 shooting until the game's final minute.

Moore, though, then hit a 3-pointer, followed a steal with a layup and made two free throws to lift Minnesota (13-3) to an 82-77 victory, its sixth in a row.

Moore is averaging 16.8 points per game on the season and 21.3 in the Lynx's four wins over the Mercury (9-8), which have come by an average of 17.0 points.

"I'm always trying to find a way to stay involved and help my team win," said Moore, voted an All-Star starter for the second time. "I never give up, I don't like to give up on my team and I could have easily just let it get to my head and gotten frustrated. But our team has done such a good job of picking each other up."

Minnesota is 7-0 at home.

Taurasi finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Sunday's loss but again shot poorly against the Lynx. She went 8 for 24 after being held to a 2-for-6 effort and a season-low four points in a 91-59 loss at Minnesota on July 7.

The Mercury have struggled without Brittney Griner, the WNBA leader with 2.8 blocks per game who could miss her fifth straight contest with a sprained left knee. Forward Penny Taylor also missed Sunday's game.

Phoenix signed guard Jasmine James to a seven-day contract Sunday, but the Mercury still had only eight healthy players.

"We just didn't have enough at the end," said DeWanna Bonner, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds. "That's where (the Lynx's) veteran leadership comes in, they have a full roster. They can make a couple of subs and we can't."

Seimone Augustus, who also will start in the All-Star Game, scored 15 for Minnesota in her second game since returning from a sprained ankle.