Griner sets record as Mercury rise to challenge
July 1, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TULSA, Oklahoma -- Brittney Griner blocked 11 shots to set a single-game WNBA record and added 21 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to an 80-77 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Sunday.
Lisa Leslie (2004) and Margo Dydek (2001) held the previous record of 10.
The game came down to the final possession. Skylar Diggins drew a double team on an inbounds play and launched a contested shot that bounced off the rim and to Candice Dupree. Diana Taurasi cleared the ball into the frontcourt to end the game.
Penny Taylor went 10 for 10 on free throws to finish with 17 points for the Western Conference-leading Mercury (10-3), who had all five starters score in double figures in their seventh win in nine games. Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner chipped in 14 and Dupree had 11.
Diggins, Odyssey Sims and Glory Johnson scored 16 points apiece for Tulsa (6-9).
Dream 76, Fever 68 Angel McCoughtry scored 12 of her 20 points in the second half as Atlanta overcame some sloppy play late to beat Indiana.
A series of late turnovers cost Atlanta (11-4) the lead and allowed Indiana (6-9) to go ahead 68-65 with 3:53 to play. But the Dream regrouped and McCoughtry's 3-pointer with 2:04 to play gave Atlanta the lead for good at 70-68.
Celine Dumerc blocked Shavonte Zellous' 3-point attempt with 42.8 seconds left and sealed the victory with a layup and two free throws.
Zellous scored 18 points to continue her hot stretch. She had 33 points against Tulsa on Wednesday and 18 on Friday against Phoenix, both narrow losses.
Other games on Sunday:
Liberty 67, Sun 55
Stars 73, Mystics 65
Lynx 74, Storm 69