Streak­ing Mer­cury host WNBA All-Star Game

The Covington News - - WORLD -

PHOENIX (AP) — The desert is a per­fect place for this year’s WNBA All-Star Game. It’s where the most dom­i­nat­ing bas­ket­ball in the league has been played this sea­son

The Phoenix Mer­cury en­ter the All-Star break on a fran­chise-record 12-game win­ning streak and have com­piled a gaudy 18-3 record.

So the best play­ers squar­ing off in Phoenix makes un­de­ni­able sense.

“It kind of matches the mo­men­tum of the team,” said West coach Ch­eryl Reeve of the reign­ing WNBA cham­pion Min­nesota Lynx, “the ex­cite­ment sur­round­ing the team.”

Mer­cury stars Diana Taurasi and Brit­tney Griner are starters for the West in Satur­day’s game, with team­mate Candice Dupree among the re­serves. Taurasi makes her sev­enth All-Star ap­pear­ance. Griner was sup­posed to start as a rookie last year but sat out the game be­cause of in­jury. She en­ters the game off her sec­ond dunk of the sea­son Tues­day night.

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