Mercury point guard Leilani Mitchell will collect her second WNBA Most Improved Player Award on Wednesday, a league source told ESPN.
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A day after the Mercury were eliminated from the WNBA playoffs, center Brittney Griner said she plans on re-signing with Phoenix. "If I don't play here, I won't play anywhere, and I mean that," she said.
The Sky and defending champion Storm opened with wins. We wrap up all the first-round action of the WNBA playoffs.
Diamond DeShields scored 25 points and the fifth-seeded Chicago Sky used a dominating second half for a 105-76 win over the eighth-seeded Phoenix Mercury in a first-round, winner-take-all playoff game on Wednesday night.
Mercury center Brittney Griner, the WNBA's leading scorer, left Wednesday's single-elimination playoff loss to the Sky after injuring her left knee in the second quarter. She later returned but was limited before exiting for good.
Before the WNBA's playoffs open Wednesday (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET), ESPN's panel weighs in with predictions for how the 2019 postseason will unfold.
LaChina Robinson and Devereaux Peters weigh in on if the Mercury can turn the switch on against the Sky and if Chicago will carry their offensive momentum into round one.
Elena Delle Donne is espnW's unanimous WNBA MVP, the Lynx's Napheesa Collier is Rookie of the Year, and the Sky's James Wade is Coach of the Year.
Can Minnesota knock out reigning champ Seattle? Can Diana Taurasi rally Phoenix past Chicago? The playoffs open Wednesday in winner-take-all games.
Odyssey Sims scored 11 of her 22 points in a game-changing and contentious third quarter and the Minnesota Lynx rolled to an 83-69 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night.
Natasha Howard scored 11 of her 22 points in the first quarter and the Seattle Storm got off to a strong start en route to an 82-70 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night in a battle for playoff positioning.
September marks the end of the 2019 WNBA season, and events such as the Mercury's annual Woman of Inspiration Night highlight a strong summer in sneakers.
Cheyenne Parker and Astou Ndour scored 18 points apiece to lead six Chicago players scoring in double figures and the Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 105-78 on Sunday.
Brittney Griner scored 21 points and the Phoenix Mercury grabbed the final WNBA playoff spot with a 65-58 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Thursday night.
Brittney Griner had 29 points and 14 rebounds, Leilani Mitchell added a career-high 29 points and Phoenix beat the New York Liberty 95-82 on Tuesday night, moving the Mercury a step closer to the playoffs.
Allie Quigley scored 24 points and passed 1,000 career made field goals to help the Chicago Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 94-86 on Sunday.
Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi has been medically cleared to return from a lingering back issue, but she must serve a one-game suspension before playing.
DeWanna Bonner scored 17 of her 30 points in the fourth quarter and had 10 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury beat New York 78-72 on Sunday, extending the Liberty's losing streak to eight games.
DeWanna Bonner had 27 points and 13 rebounds to help the short-handed Phoenix Mercury snap a three-game skid with a 77-68 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Friday night.
Jasmine Thomas scored 18 points and the Connecticut Sun held off the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 78-71 on Wednesday night after giving up almost all of a 20-point lead.
Feeling underpaid and underappreciated, Phoenix star Brittney Griner follows Diana Taurasi's lead and lashes out at the flaws in the WNBA.
Brittney Griner was upset that she was punished more than two other players involved in a fracas on Saturday and said that decision will impact her future with the WNBA.
Brittney Griner was among five players suspended for their roles in a fight in Saturday's game between the Mercury and Wings.
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