Phoenix Mercury defeat Connecticut Sun 89-70

Brittney Griner and former UConn players Diana Taurasi and Charde Houston put a hurt on the home team Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.

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If Diana Taurasi, who’ll never be anybody’s second banana, resents the idea of not being one of the “3 To See,” No. 3 sure didn’t show it Saturday night. To read the rest of Jeff Jacobs column or see more photos…

Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury

Fans lined up to get an autograph from Brittney Griner before she and the Phoenix Mercury took on the Connecticut Sun at the Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday night.

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Bristtney Griner high fives teammates as she is introduced to the crowd.

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Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury drives to the hoop as Kelsey Griffin of the Connecticut Sun defends during the first half, Taurasi had 10 points to help the Mercury to a 32-38 lead at the half.

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Brittney Griner (C) is doubled up on the line as Kalana Greene (L) and TIna Charles box her out on the free-throw attempt during the first half Saturday evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Griner was held to 5 points, 3 rebounds and 3 fouls while Charles leads all scorers at the half with 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, Greene is scoreless but Mercury held a 38-32 lead at the half.

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BG17 – Brittney Griner’s shoes stand out almost as much as TIna Charles’s shoes do.

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(l to R) Both Kara Lawson, knee, and Tan White, broken right finger, were sidelined for the Connecticut Sun’s game against the Phoenix Mercury.

Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury

Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan has to be aware that some of her go to players are injured were unavailable against Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury in an 89-70 loss.

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Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun puts a move on Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury and drew the foul that put Griner out of the game as Diana Taurasi looks on during the second half Saturday evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Charles scored a game hig 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds but Taurasi (19 points, 5 assists) and Griner (9 points 5 rebounds) won the game 89-70.

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Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury reacts after getting called for her sixth foul against the Connecticut Sun during the second half Saturday evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Griner was held to just 9 points and 5 rebounds but the Mercury prevailed in an 89-70 victory behind 19 points from Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner and 18 from Candice Dupree.

Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury

Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury gets called for the foul as she tries to get around Kalana Greene of the Connecticut Sun as Brittney Griner and Tina Charles look on during the second half at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Taurasi scored 19 points, Greene had 2 points, Griner scored 9 points before fouling out and Charles led all scorer with 25 points in a 89-70 Mercury victory.

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Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun splits the defense of Alexis Hornbuckle (L) and Krystal Thomas (R) of the Phoenix Mercury during the second half Saturday evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Charles led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury

Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury greets Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun after the Mercury defeated the Sun 89-70 Saturday evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Charles led all scorers while Taurasi scored 19 points.

Connecticut Sun vs Phoenix Mercury

Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury bump fists with teammates after defeating the Connecticut Sun 89-70 Saturday evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.

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