TULSA, Okla. — Brittney Griner blocked 11 shots to set a game WNBA record and scored 21 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to an 80-77 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Sunday.
“I knew I had a couple of blocks, but I didn’t know how many,” Griner said. “To do that is pretty big, now I guess I have to try to beat it.”
Lisa Leslie (2004) and Margo Dydek (2001) held the previous record of 10.
“I had a (bad) game against Indiana,” Griner said. “I had to come out and play good to help my team.”
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Since losing to Tulsa on June 6, Phoenix has won seven of nine games.
“I’m glad we don’t play (Tulsa) again,” Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. “They’re a good team. They’re young. They have great penetration points from their guards. Skylar (Diggins) is playing great. They are playing hard.
“I actually thought Brittney had more blocks than that. When she started to get more physical and deeper in the paint, that’s when she’s tough to guard. She came up big for us obviously.”
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