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WNBA suspends Brittney Griner 3 games for fight; 4 others punished

The WNBA has suspended Mercury center Brittney Griner three games for her role in a fight in the Dallas-Phoenix game Saturday that resulted in six players getting ejected. The league punished Griner for throwing punches, escalating the incident and pushing Wings forward Kayla Thornton’s face with an open hand. Dallas’ Kristine Anigwe and Thornton also were suspended two games. And Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Dallas’ Kaela Davis were suspended a game apiece.

Sue Bird’s big 4th quarter leads Seattle Storm past Phoenix Mercury 94-84

Sue Bird scored 14 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Storm advanced to the WNBA finals for the third time in franchise history rallying for a 94-84 win over the Phoenix Mercury in Game 5. Playing with a broken nose suffered in Game 4 and wearing a protective mask, Bird struggled with her shot for the first three quarters, but got hot in the fourth.

Seattle Storm forced to fifth game by Brittney Griner, Mercury

Brittney Griner scored with 14.1 seconds to play then prevented Breanna Stewart from getting a shot off before the buzzer as the Phoenix Mercury rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Seattle Storm 86-84 on Sunday and force a deciding Game 5 of their WNBA semifinal series.

Mercury beat Storm 86-66, cutting WNBA semis deficit to 2-1

DeWanna Bonner had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Phoenix Mercury scored the first 14 points of the fourth quarter to beat the Seattle Storm 86-66 in the WNBA semifinals. The Mercury had fallen into big holes and rallied in the fourth quarter, only to come up short the first two games of the series. Phoenix pulled within 2-1 in the series.

Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart push Seattle Storm past Phoenix Mercury 91-87 in overtime

Sue Bird scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:03 left in overtime and two clinching free throws with 2.1 seconds left, to help the Seattle Storm recover from blowing a 17-point fourth quarter lead and beat the Phoenix Mercury 91-87 in the second game of the WNBA semifinals. Seattle now has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series, having won Sunday’s first game by an identical score.

Old friends Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird meet as Storm faces Mercury

Considering their long history together in the WNBA, Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Seattle’s Sue Bird have rarely clashed in the postseason. Eight total games across more than 14 seasons of both being in the league, seems a low number of times for two of the game’s great stars to meet in the postseason. The UConn alums will add at least three more meetings to the list when the Storm and Mercury meet in the best-of-5 semifinal series beginning on Sunday in Seattle.

Jewell Loyd’s 29 points lead Storm by Mercury 102-91

Jewell Loyd scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, Natasha Howard had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and the Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 102-91. Loyd and Howard combined for 27 points in the first half as Seattle build a 53-44 lead.

Diana Taurasi reaches 1,000 career 3s, Mercury win WNBA opener

Diana Taurasi scored 20 of her 26 points in the first half and became the first WNBA player with 1,000 career 3-pointers, helping the Phoenix Mercury beat the Dallas Wings 86-78 in the league’s season opener. Taurasi’s one of four players, joining the NBA’s Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, to reach the 3-point mark with less than 400 games played.