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Encyclopedia > Phoenix Mercury
Phoenix Mercury
Phoenix Mercury logo
Conference Western Conference
Founded 1997
Arena US Airways Center
City Phoenix, Arizona
Team Colors Purple, Orange, Chartreuse
General Manager Ann Meyers
Head Coach Paul Westhead
WNBA Championships 1 (2007)
Conference Titles 2 (1998) (2007)
Mascot Scorch [1]

The Phoenix Mercury is a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Phoenix, Arizona and the current WNBA champions. The Mercury began in 1997 as one of the league's original eight teams. The Mercury are named because Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. It is the WNBA counterpart to the Phoenix Suns in partnership with Anne Mariucci and Kathy Munro. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) is a sports and entertainment facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Ann Elizabeth Meyers (born March 26, 1955 in San Diego, California) is a distinguished figure in the history of womens basketball and sports journalism. ... Paul Westhead Paul Westhead (born February 21, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach in the NBA and the NCAA. He has coached three different NBA teams, and was also the coach of the Loyola Marymount University mens basketball team during that schools era of greatest... The Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... This article is about the planet. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ...


Uniforms: The uniform is white, chartreuse and orange at home with a logo of the planet Mercury in purple, and the word "Phoenix" in silver; it is orange and chartreuse on the road. This article is about the planet. ...

Contents

Franchise History

With a cast that included hall-of-famer Nancy Lieberman, Josh Ching, and possible future hall-of-famers Michele Timms of Australia, and Jennifer Gillom, hyper-active star Bridget Pettis, and outspoken coach Cheryl Miller, the Mercury quickly established itself as a major franchise. In the very first WNBA season, the Mercury would post a 16-12 record and reach the first WNBA playoffs. The Mercury would lose to the New York Liberty, though, in those playoffs. Nancy Elizabeth Lieberman is a former standout collegiate and professional basketball player. ... Michele Margaret Timms (born June 28, 1965), and better known plainly as Michele Timms, is an Australian basketball player who played for the Phoenix Mercury in the Womens National Basketball Association. ... Jennifer Gillom (born June 13, 1964 in Abbeville, Mississippi) is a former WNBA basketball player who played for the Phoenix Mercury from 1997 to 2002. ... Cheryl Miller (born on January 3, 1964 in Riverside, California) is a former college basketball player and coach, and considered by many the best female player in the history of the game. ... The New York Liberty is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in New York City. ...


In 1998, the Mercury would again qualify for the playoffs, posting a 19-11 record. The Mercury would defeat the Cleveland Rockers to reach the WNBA Finals for the first time. In a hard fought series, the Mercury would fall 2 games to 1 to the defending champion Houston Comets. The Cleveland Rockers were a Womens National Basketball Association team. ... The Houston Comets are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Houston, Texas. ...


In 1999, the Mercury would miss the playoffs, posting a 15-17 record. In 2000, the Mercury would finish 20-12, but would get swept by the Los Angeles Sparks. The team would descend into termoil after the season, as coach Miller left and the original core group of players broke up, via retirement or trades, and the team stopped being a playoff contender. The Los Angeles Sparks are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


From 2001-2004, the Mercury would be at the bottom of the WNBA. Fielding miserable teams, the Mercury were never competitive. The Mercury went through coach after coach, and nothing worked. During the lean years, the franchise remained in the news as forward Lisa Harrison would become a sex symbol. Playboy Magazine offered her money to pose in their magazine. She would decline the offer. In the context of basketball, forward usually refers to one of two positions: Power forward Small forward In addition, some basketball players share the attributes of a small forward and a point guard, and are accordingly called point forwards. ... Lisa Harrison (born January 2, 1971 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... Classic Playboy logo. ...


After a horrible 2003 season, in which the Mercury posted an 8-26 record, the Mercury would win the #1 overall choice in the 2004 WNBA Draft, and select coveted former UConn star Diana Taurasi. Taurasi went on to win the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award in the 2004 season, as the Mercury posted a better 17-17 record. The Mercury would post a 16-18 record in 2005, missing the playoffs again. The University of Connecticut is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... Diana Lurena Taurasi (born June 11, 1982 in Chino, California) is a professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... The WNBA Rookie of the Year Award is given each year to the best rookie in the WNBA. Rookie of the Year Awards (1997 - Present) 1997 - No award 1998 - Tracy Reid, Charlotte Sting 1999 - Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington Mystics 2000 - Betty Lennox, Minnesota Lynx 2001 - Jackie Stiles, Portland Fire 2002 - Tamika...


Former NBA coach Paul Westhead became the Mercury's head coach prior to the 2006 season and brought his up-tempo style to Phoenix. Westhead was the first WNBA coach to have won a previous NBA championship (1980 LA Lakers). The Mercury also would draft Cappie Pondexter with the #2 overall selection in the 2006 WNBA Draft. The addition would provide Taurasi with a solid #2 player. “NBA” redirects here. ... Paul Westhead Paul Westhead (born February 21, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach in the NBA and the NCAA. He has coached three different NBA teams, and was also the coach of the Loyola Marymount University mens basketball team during that schools era of greatest... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Cappie Pondexter (born January 7, 1983) is a professional basketball player in the WNBA, currently playing for the Phoenix Mercury. ...


The 2006 season was a positive one for the Mercury, as they posted a winning record for the first time since 2000, at 18-16. The Mercury would compete for the playoffs all year, but would fall short, mainly because of Gerry Gill's horrible obesity. When the team started off, Gerry Gill was a total hotshot, the best of the best. But over time, as the team did worse and worse, Gerry ate more. Gerry was indeed the cause of the Mercury's downfall.


WNBA Championship Season

As the 2007 season came, the Mercury were poised and hungry for the playoffs. The Mercury would post their best record in franchise history at 23-11. It was also the best record in the Western Conference, as they clinched the #1 seed. The Mercury set a record by average 89.0 points in a season during 2007. [1]


In their first playoffs since 2000, the Mercury would make quick work of the Seattle Storm in the first round, blowing them out in 2 games (Game 1: 101-84, Game 2: 95-89). In the Western Finals, the Mercury swept the San Antonio Silver Stars in a closer series (Game 1: 102-100, Game 2: 98-92), advancing to the WNBA Finals for the first time in nine years. The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The San Antonio Silver Stars is a team in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) based in San Antonio, Texas. ...


In the Finals, the Mercury faced the defending 2006 champions Detroit Shock. The two teams would split the first two games in Detroit. Coming back home, the Mercury would suffer a letdown in game 3, losing 88-83. Down 2-1, the Mercury had to win game 4 or lose. Game 4 would come down to the final seconds, but the Mercury would edge out the Shock 77-76, with Cappie Pondexter scoring 26 points, and force a Game 5 in Detroit. In Game 5, Phoenix won by a score of 108-92. [1] Penny Taylor scored a game high 30 points in Game 5, and went 18-for-18 from the line. [1] The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... Penny Taylor is an Australian professional basketball player. ...


The Mercury won the series and their first championship with a 108-92 Game 5 victory, becoming the first WNBA team to win a championship on the road. Cappie Poindexter was named the WNBA Finals MVP, and averaged 22.0 points and 5.6 assists in the series. [1]


Season-by-Season Records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win-Loss %

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Phoenix Mercury
1997 16 12 .571 Lost WNBA Semifinals New York 59, Phoenix 41
1998 19 11 .633 Won WNBA Semifinals
Lost WNBA Finals
Phoenix 2, Cleveland 1
Houston 2, Phoenix 1
1999 15 17 .469
2000 20 12 .625 Lost First Round Los Angeles 2, Phoenix 0
2001 13 19 .406
2002 11 21 .344
2003 8 26 .235
2004 17 17 .500
2005 16 18 .471
2006 18 16 .529
2007 23 11 .676 Won First Round
Won Conference Finals
Won WNBA Finals
Phoenix 2, Seattle 0
Phoenix 2, San Antonio 0
Phoenix 3, Detroit 2
Totals 176 180 .494
Playoffs 10 8 .555 1 WNBA Championship

Stats updated September 16, 2007 The New York Liberty is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in New York City. ... The Cleveland Rockers were a Womens National Basketball Association team. ... The Houston Comets are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Los Angeles Sparks are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The San Antonio Silver Stars is a team in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ...


Players of note

Retired numbers

Michele Margaret Timms (born June 28, 1965), and better known plainly as Michele Timms, is an Australian basketball player who played for the Phoenix Mercury in the Womens National Basketball Association. ...

Hall of Famers

Nancy Elizabeth Lieberman is a former standout collegiate and professional basketball player. ... Cheryl Miller (born on January 3, 1964 in Riverside, California) is a former college basketball player and coach, and considered by many the best female player in the history of the game. ...

Not to be forgotten

Marlies Askamp (born on August 7, 1970) is a German professional basketball player. ... Anna Louise DeForge (born on April 14, 1976 in Iron Mountain, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player who most recently plays for the Indiana Fever in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... Jennifer Gillom (born June 13, 1964 in Abbeville, Mississippi) is a former WNBA basketball player who played for the Phoenix Mercury from 1997 to 2002. ... Lisa Harrison (born January 2, 1971 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... Carolyn Moos (born May 8, 1978 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a model, personal trainer, nutrition consultant and briefly a former professional basketball player for the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... Brandy Reed (born February 17, 1977) is a former professional basketball player. ... Maria Stepanova is a professional basketball player in the WNBA. At a height of six foot eight inches, she is joint second-tallest player in the league (along with Katie Feenstra and Lindsay Taylor). ... Adrian Williams (born February 17, 1977) is a professional basketball player in the WNBA, currently playing for the Minnesota Lynx. ... Lindsay Corine Taylor (born May 20, 1981 in Poway, California) is an American professional basketball player who has played in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ...

Current Roster

Phoenix Mercury
Current Roster
Head Coach: Paul Westhead Edit
Pos. No. Name College/Country
G 24 Flag of the United States Jennifer Derevjanik George Mason
F 21 Flag of the United States Jennifer Lacy Pepperdine
G 13 Flag of the United States Kelly Mazzante Penn State
G 69 Flag of the United States Pearline Davis Ugandu
G 2 Flag of the United States Kelly Miller Georgia
G 4 Flag of Brazil Adriana Moises Pinto Brazil
G 23 Flag of the United States Cappie Pondexter Rutgers
C 11 Flag of the United States Kelly Schumacher Connecticut
C 0 Flag of the United States Olympia Scott Stanford
F-C 50 Flag of the United States Tangela Smith Iowa
G 12 Flag of Australia Belinda Snell Australia
G 3 Flag of the United States Diana Taurasi Connecticut
F 13 Flag of Australia Penny Taylor Australia
(IL) - Inactive List

Paul Westhead Paul Westhead (born February 21, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach in the NBA and the NCAA. He has coached three different NBA teams, and was also the coach of the Loyola Marymount University mens basketball team during that schools era of greatest... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jennifer Derevjanik on the Connecticut Sun Jennifer Derevjanik (born on March 29, 1982 in Staten Island, NY) is a professional basketball player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Kelly Anne Mazzante (born February 2, 1982) is a professional basketball player in the WNBA, most recently playing for the Charlotte Sting. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Kelly Miller on the Phoenix Mercury Kelly Miller (born September 6, 1978 in Rochester, Minnesota) is a professional basketball player for the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Cappie Pondexter (born January 7, 1983) is a professional basketball player in the WNBA, currently playing for the Phoenix Mercury. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Kelly Schumacher (born October 14, 1977 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a professional Canadian basketball player for the Indiana Fever in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Olympia Scott Olympia Scott, formerly known under her married name of Olympia Scott-Richardson, is an American professional basketball player in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) and a college coach. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Tangela Smith on the Charlotte Sting Tangela Nicole Smith (born April 1, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois) is a basketball player for the Charlotte Sting in the WNBA. // Smith attended George Washington High School in Chicago, where she was named a 1994 Kodak High School All-American. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Belinda Snell is an Australian womens basketball player who plays in Australia and the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) in the United States. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Diana Lurena Taurasi (born June 11, 1982 in Chino, California) is a professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Penny Taylor is an Australian professional basketball player. ...

Coaches and others

Head Coaches:

Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... John H. Shumate (born April 6, 1952 in Greenville, South Carolina) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Paul Westhead Paul Westhead (born February 21, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach in the NBA and the NCAA. He has coached three different NBA teams, and was also the coach of the Loyola Marymount University mens basketball team during that schools era of greatest...

References

  1. ^ a b c d Sports Illustrated, September 24, 2007, p. 67

External links

Women's National Basketball Association
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Chicago Sky | Connecticut Sun | Detroit Shock | Indiana Fever | New York Liberty | Washington Mystics Houston Comets | Los Angeles Sparks | Minnesota Lynx | Phoenix Mercury | Sacramento Monarchs | San Antonio Silver Stars | Seattle Storm
Defunct teams: Charlotte Sting | Cleveland Rockers | Miami Sol | Portland Fire
Media: WNBA on ESPN | List of WNBA Finals broadcasters
Other Women's Leagues: National Women's Basketball League | Women's National Basketball League (Australia)

</noinclude> The Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... The Chicago Sky are a current Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Connecticut Sun are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Uncasville, Connecticut. ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Indiana Fever is a professional womens basketball team that plays in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... The New York Liberty is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in New York City. ... The Washington Mystics are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Washington, DC. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBAs first expansion franchises. ... The Houston Comets are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Los Angeles Sparks are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Minnesota Lynx are a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and play their home games at the Target Center. ... The Sacramento Monarchs is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Sacramento, California. ... The San Antonio Silver Stars is a team in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ... Charlotte Sting logo 1997-2003 The Charlotte Sting was once a Womens National Basketball Association franchise based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it was one of the leagues eight original teams. ... The Cleveland Rockers were a Womens National Basketball Association team. ... The Miami Sol was a womens Basketball team which joined the Womens National Basketball Association in 2000. ... The Portland Fire joined the Womens National Basketball Association in 2000 as the counterpart to the National Basketball Association team the Portland Trailblazers. ... The WNBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of Womens National Basketball Association games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The following is a list of the television networks and announcers that have broadcasted the WNBA Finals. ... The National Womens Basketball League or NWBL is an organization governing basketball leagues for women in the United States. ... The Womens National Basketball League (WNBL) is the premier womens basketball league in Australia. ...



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Sports teams based in and around Phoenix
Baseball MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks
AzL: Phoenix AthleticsPhoenix BrewersMesa CubsPeoria MarinersPeoria PadresScottsdale GiantsSurprise RangersSurprise RoyalsTempe Angels
AFL: Phoenix Desert DogsPeoria JavelinasScottsdale Scorpions • Mesa Solar Sox • Peoria Saguaros • Surprise Rafters
Basketball NBA: Phoenix Suns
WNBA: Phoenix Mercury
IBL: Arizona Lightning • Phoenix Flame
Football NFL: Arizona Cardinals
AFL: Arizona Rattlers
Hockey NHL: Phoenix Coyotes
ECHL: Phoenix RoadRunners
CHL: Arizona Sundogs
Lacrosse NLL: Arizona Sting
College athletics Div - I Arizona State University
Div - II Grand Canyon University

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the fifth busiest in the U.S. and the world for passenger traffic for takeoffs and landings, handling more than 36 million travelers in 2000.
Douglas drops 22 as Sun top Mercury 82-77 - Boston.com (641 words)
The Mercury held the Eastern Conference-leading Sun to just nine points in the second quarter, but Connecticut came out of the break and scored 31 in the third quarter to match the Mercury's second-half total.
Phoenix (7-10) kept pace until Douglas made a pair of free throws with 1:37 left, giving the Sun a 76-75 advantage.
The Mercury shot 54.3 percent (19-for-35) in the first half, while the Sun was just 10-of-32 (31.3 percent).
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