WASHINGTON (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 14 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter to help the Phoenix Mercury pull away for an 89-79 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night. Taurasi hit a jumper with five minutes to go to give Phoenix (15-13) the lead for good at 71-70. With the Mercury up 10, Taurasi added four free throws in the final minute to keep the Mystics (16-12) at bay. Camille Little added 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting, and Stephanie Talbot made all three of her 3-point attempts and scored 12 points. Brittney Griner, playing in her second game after missing eight with injuries, added 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Mystics, who have been without All-Star Elena Delle Donne all
WASHINGTON — When the Texas legislature pushed a controversial bill that targeted transgender people, Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner made her opposition clear. The Houston native teamed up with Layshia Clarendon of the Atlanta Dream to pen an op-ed against the bill. The bill, which would require transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their birth certificate, had already passed in the Texas Senate. The op-ed ran on NBC News on Monday afternoon. “Texas would be subjecting trans athletes to harassment, bullying and possible assault. While we do not identify as transgender, we know what it feels like to be singled out for not fitting neatly into social norms,”
It was just two weeks ago that the Connecticut Sun edged the visiting Phoenix Mercury despite 33 points by returning hometown hero Diana Taurasi. Then, she had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Taurasi scored 14 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Mercury opened a three-game road trip with a win at Washington.