The Phoenix Mercury captured their first WNBA title today against the Detroit Shock. They won 108-92 in the deciding Game 5 of the series. It was the first time a deciding WNBA title game was played on the road. This is also a second championship for Mercury coach Paul Westhead, having won an NBA title in 1980 as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Mercury had an early lead halfway through the first quarter, with the Merc leading 20-9. They would continue their rout, and lead by 18 in the second quarter, then at halftime the score was 55-43. The Detroit Shock would only get within 9 points of the Mercury in the second half.
In only Cappie Pondexter’s second year in the league, she scored 26 points for the Mercury and was the MVP for the series. Penny Taylor scored 30 and Diana Taurasi had 17 points in the Mercury’s win Sunday night.
Read what Diana Taurasi had to say about the Mercury winning the WNBA title on her blog.