The Phoenix Mercury may have fallen short of matching the longest winning streak in WNBA history, but they're home win streak is still intact.
Undefeated in Phoenix for more than two months, the Mercury try to bounce back by winning a 12th straight home game Saturday night against the Indiana Fever.
The Mercury (22-4) had won a club-record 16 in a row prior to Thursday's 75-67 loss at Minnesota in a matchup of the league's top two teams. It was the first loss since June 12 for Phoenix, which came within two victories of tying Los Angeles' league-record run in 2001.
The Mercury came in touting a WNBA-best 49.9 field-goal percentage and had shot better than 50.0 percent in a league-record seven straight before going 25 for 68 against the Lynx. Diana Taurasi scored 10 points on 5-for-21 shooting after going 25 for 50 over her previous four contests.
"You won't see Diana shoot like that very often, but she also got a lot of attention," coach Sandy Brondello said. "Could she have gotten a few more calls? Yes, definitely. Maybe we'll get them next time. But she's a competitor. She'll bounce back."
Brondello's club still leads the second-place Lynx by 1 1/2 games, and is 12-1 in Phoenix, only losing to San Antonio on May 23.
While Taurasi is the league's second all-time leading scorer, Indiana's Tamika Catchings surpassed Katie Smith for third place Thursday when she scored 16 points in a 76-67 win at Seattle. Taurasi has scored 6,642 points, while Catchings is at 6,454.
"That's cool for me," said Catchings, who has scored 16 in two straight since being limited to one point on 0-for-8 shooting at San Antonio on July 26. "It'd be great to have that and another championship."
The Fever (13-14), who are tied with Washington for second place in the East, saw double-digit scoring performances from all five starters and outscored the Storm 25-15 in the final quarter.
Indiana was 16 for 17 from the free throw line with Catchings and Briann January going a combined 10 for 10.
"I thought we did a really good job keeping our poise and composure in crunch time," coach Lin Dunn said. "We just did some things we needed to do. We got some stops on the defensive end, we executed the sets we wanted to run down the stretch and we got to the free-throw line and hit the free throws."
Phoenix has won the last three meetings by an average of 12.3 points, including an 81-76 victory at Indiana on June 27. Taurasi scored 23 and hit all 11 of her free throws while Catchings was sidelined with a back injury.