Mercury host Sun in battle of WNBA’s hottest teams

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One of the two longest win streaks in the WNBA will come to an end when the Connecticut Sun visit the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday night.

The Sun (23-6) clinched a double bye and a berth into the playoff semifinals when they extended their league-best win streak to 11 games with a 75-57 road victory against the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday.

“We’ve been really pushing hard to stay in the present, one game at a time, and all the seedings and all the byes would take care of themselves,” Connecticut coach Curt Miller said. “But we knew that we controlled our own destiny and we know what it means to get a double bye — to know that you’re already in the semifinals is great to have.

“Now we just want to clean things up and continue to play great basketball and improve so we’re playing our best basketball come the playoffs.”

The Sun took command right away by scoring the first 17 points of the game. Jonquel Jones scored 10 of those points and finished with 21.

The Sun have a two-game lead over the Las Vegas Aces for the No. 1 overall seed. Fourth-place Phoenix, which has won 10 games in a row, is two games behind Las Vegas and a half-game behind Seattle.

The Mercury (19-10) are coming off a 76-75 win at Atlanta on Wednesday night, despite playing without both Brittney Griner (personal reasons) and Diana Taurasi (ankle). Griner is expected to play Saturday, but Taurasi will miss her second straight game.

The Mercury didn’t lead in Wednesday’s game until Shey Peddy made three free throws with 3.8 seconds left to complete the scoring.

“I just knew I needed to get the first one (free throw),” Peddy said. “If I get the first one, it kind of feels good. When the first one dropped, I knew the other two was good then all we had to do was get one more stop at the end.”

–Field Level Media

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