Minnesota takes on Phoenix on a 4-game home slide

Phoenix Mercury (6-11, 3-7 Western Conference) at Minnesota Lynx (4-13, 2-6 Western Conference)

Minneapolis; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota takes on Phoenix looking to stop their four-game home slide.

The Lynx are 2-6 against Western Conference opponents. Minnesota is ninth in the WNBA with 78.8 points and shooting 43.0 percent from the field.

The Mercury’s record in Western Conference action is 3-7. Phoenix is ​​sixth in the Western Conference with 5.8 offensive rebounds per game led by Brianna Turner with a 2.0 average.

Both teams are playing for the second time this season. The Lynx beat the Mercury 84-71 when they last met on June 22. Kayla McBride led the Lynx with 18 points and Skylar Diggins-Smith led the Mercury with 25 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Aerial Powers is averaging 12.8 points for the Lynx. McBride is averaging 15.1 points over Minnesota’s last 10 games.

Diggins-Smith is averaging 18.7 points, 5.3 assists and 1.7 steals for the Mercury. Diana Taurasi is averaging 15.1 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 39.7% over the past 10 games for Phoenix.

LAST 10 GAMES: Lynx: 3-7, averaged 79.3 points, 36.3 rebounds, 19.2 assists, 5.9 steals and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 43.0% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 82.0 points per game.

Mercury: 4-6, averaged 79.9 points, 30.0 rebounds, 19.1 assists, 7.4 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 42.7 percent from the field. Their opponents average 83.8 points.

INJURIES: Lynx: Moriah Jefferson: out (quad).

Mercury: Kia Nurse: out (knee).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

Naomi C. Amerson