NOTES: The Storm could move a half-game back of the Mercury’s lead on the third playoff spot with a win. Seattle leads the four-game regular-season series 3-0. Taurasi, the league’s second-leading scorer (21.4 points), is averaging 9.6 points on 31.2 percent from the field (10 for 32) against the Storm this season. … After an 80-65 home loss to Seattle on Aug. 6, Phoenix fired coach Corey Gaines and hired Russ Pennell. The team is 4-1 since the coaching change. … The Storm finished a five-game homestand 3-2, defeating Los Angeles on Tuesday. … Seattle is averaging 78.2 points in its five wins in August. Thompson, the team’s leading scorer (13.3 points), is averaging 15.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting from the field in August. … Second-year wing Shekinna Stricklen aggravated her right Achilles injury in the second quarter of the win over LA on Tuesday. Her status is day-to-day. If she is unable to start, Noelle Quinn will replace her in the lineup.

Storm HT PPG
F Noelle Quinn 6-0 4.9
F Tina Thompson 6-2 13.3
C Camille Little 6-2 10.8
G Temeka Johnson 5-3 10.1
G Tanisha Wright 5-11 11.8
Mercury HT PPG
F Candice Dupree 6-2 14.9
F DeWanna Bonner 6-4 15.2
C Brittney Griner 6-8 13.5
G Diana Taurasi 6-0 21.4
G Briana Gilbreath 6-0 4.3

Jayda Evans