Taurasi, Mercury rout CometsMay 26, 2007 - 4:48 AM PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury rebounded nicely against the Houston Comets.
Taurasi scored 37 points and Cappie Pondexter added 22 as the Mercury used a stellar second half to post a 111-85 victory over the Comets on Friday night.
Penny Taylor scored 18 points for Phoenix, which fell one point short of its franchise record for points in a game. The Mercury netted 112 points in a contest at Charlotte on August 3, 2006.
Phoenix suffered a disappointing 100-87 loss against the Seattle Storm on Wednesday. Pondexter had 31 points, but Taurasi managed only 14 in the loss. It was a totally different story for the star guard this time around.
One of the purest scorers in the WNBA, Taurasi was unstoppable, shooting 11-of-18 from the field, including 6-of-9 on 3-pointers. She fell just short of her career high of 41 points.
Leading, 50-47, entering the third quarter, the Mercury outscored the Comets, 61-38, after halftime. Taurasi scored 18 on 5-of-8 shooting in the second half.
Pondexter was 8-of-17 from the field and Taylor shot 6-of-13 for Phoenix, which shot 46 percent (37-of-80) from the field, including 12-of-27 from the arc. The Mercury also dished out 25 assists.
Tina Thompson scored 32 points and Ashley Shields added 21 for the Comets, who shot 35 percent (24-of-69) from the field and committed 26 turnovers.
PHOENIX 111 FINAL
May 26 12:13 AM
PHOENIX 84 END, 3RD QTR
May 25 11:44 PM
PHOENIX 50 HALFTIME
May 25 11:04 PM
PHOENIX 29 END, 1ST QTR
May 25 10:28 PM
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