Coming off their most lopsided victory in three years, the surging Phoenix Mercury aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.
Phoenix tries to extend its franchise-best winning streak to 11 on Tuesday night when it hosts the Washington Mystics, losers of three straight in the series.
The WNBA-leading Mercury (16-3) blew out San Antonio 90-61 on Sunday to push their win streak into double digits. Phoenix’s 29-point margin of victory was its largest since beating Tulsa 102-63 on July 10, 2011.
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"It’s one game at a time," forward Candice Dupree told the team’s official website. "Each game is a goal to get to the ultimate goal, which is a championship."
Dupree scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota added 13 off the bench. Seven-time All-Star Diana Taurasi, averaging 18.0 points to rank fifth in the league, finished with a season low-tying nine while shooting 4 of 8 but had eight rebounds and eight assists.
"That’s what we’re trying to do this year," Taurasi said of getting everyone involved. "We’re not trying to be one-dimensional. We’re not trying to be obvious in what we’re doing. We’re trying to let it come to us in a fashion where everyone gets a touch, where everyone gets a good shot and we’ve been doing a pretty good job of that."
Phoenix is seeking a fourth consecutive win over the Mystics (9-12) after taking this season’s first meeting 81-66 in Washington on June 10. All-Star center Brittney Griner and Dupree combined for 38 points and 16 rebounds while Taurasi had 10 assists.
While the Mystics have had their hands full in the series of late, they’re on the verge of a season best-tying third consecutive win. After pulling out a 72-65 victory at Chicago on Wednesday, Washington cruised to a 91-74 win at Tulsa on Saturday.
Ivory Latta and Emma Meesseman scored 15 points apiece while Monique Currie and Kia Vaughn combined for 23 and 22 boards.
"Balanced scoring is important for us," said coach Mike Thibault, whose team won three in a row May 30-June 5. "We need a collective effort there."
Washington last won three straight on the road in 2008.
The Mystics are holding teams to 74.4 points per game and 41.1 percent shooting to rank first in the league in both categories. Phoenix, which shot 50.8 percent against Washington last month, leads the WNBA in field-goal percentage at 48.8 and scoring at 84.5 points.
Griner has averaged just 10.6 points in her last five games, down from her season mark of 15.1.