Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury got their first win of the WNBA season on Thursday night with a 90-81 victory against the Minnesota Lynx.
Diana Taurasi had 23 points and 10 assists, while Griner added 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Phoenix, who finished with 13 3-pointers, hit 11 of 17 3s in the first half for a 57-40 lead. Taurasi had three triples and 15 runs at halftime.
The 40-year-old Taurasi finished 4 of 9 from 3-point range, giving her 1,300 3s and extending her WNBA record. Sue Bird is second with 1,001.
Aerial Powers passed the Lynx (0-3) by 20 points off the bench. Jessica Shepherd and Diamond Miller each had 13 points and Tiffany Mitchell added 12.
For Phoenix, Sug Sutton had 14 off the bench and Moriah Jefferson and Sophie Cunningham each scored 13 points with three 3-pointers.
The Mercury finished 13 out of 28 behind the arc, while the Lynx were 3 out of 18. Phoenix went 5 of 6 from 3-point range – with triples from five different players – to open a 27-18 lead after a quarter.
Minnesota got in seven late in the third quarter. The Mercury finished 21 of 23 from the free throw line.
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