Taurasi, Bonner help Mercury rally, beat Sky 86-80

BY foxsports • June 12, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) Diana Taurasi scored 31 points, DeWanna Bonner added 20 and the Phoenix Mercury made 13 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter to rally overcome a 4-point deficit and beat the Chicago Sky 86-80 on Sunday night.

Sonja Petrovic scored 10 points, and Brittney Griner had nine points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix (4-6).

Taurasi hit two 3-pointers and Bonner made 4 of 4 free throws during a 12-2 that put the Mercury up 80-77 with 1:40 to play. After a three-point play by Cappie Pondexter tied it 11 seconds later, Phoenix made 6 of 6 foul shots - and Chicago went 0 for 4 from the field - down the stretch to seal it.

The Mercury, No. 10 in the AP WNBA Power Poll, trailed 50-36 after Courtney Vandersloot hit a 3 to open the second half, but Taurasi made four of her six 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the third quarter and Phoenix trailed 67-63 going into the fourth.

Elena Delle Donne led the fifth-ranked Sky (5-5) with 18 points. Pondexter scored 15 and Vandersloot finished with 11 points.

Phoenix made 29 of 34 free-throw attempts to overcome 24-of-68 (35.3 percent) shooting from the field.


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