Air ball on buzzer gives Mercury new life

Air ball on buzzer gives Mercury new life

Phoenix Mercury has come from behind to force a fifth and final game at the 2007 WNBA Finals with a one point victory over Detroit Shock, 77-76. After three lead changes in the final minute, Detroit had a chance on

Phoenix Mercury has come from behind to force a fifth and final game at the 2007 WNBA Finals with a one point victory over Detroit Shock, 77-76.

After three lead changes in the final minute, Detroit had a chance on the buzzer to clinch the Championship but the shot fell significantly short.

Melbourne’s Penny Taylor, the Most Valuable Player at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women, had a horror shooting night, connecting on only one of 11 attempts but completing a perfect 4-from-4 from the foul line to finish with 6 points.

Taylor never gave up on the defensive end, leading the Mercury with 9 rebounds.

Taylor’s World Champion Australian Defence Force Opals team mate Belinda Snell added 3 points and one steal in seven minutes off the Phoenix bench.

“We have a lot of heart and we showed that tonight,” Phoenix point guard Kelly Miller said.

Mercury forward Cappie Pondexter led all scorers with 26 points, including four points in the final minute of play.

Plenette Pierson top scored for Detroit with 23 points on 9-from-10 field goals.

Game 5 of the WNBA Finals will be played at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit at 6:30am AEST on Monday morning.

Quarter by quarter:
1st: PHX 17 DET 12
Half: DET 35 (23) PHX 33 (16)
3rd: DET 60 (25) PHX 57 (24)
Full: PHX 77 (20) DET 76 (16)

PHOENIX 77 – C Pondexter 26, D Taurasi 20, K Miller 13, P Taylor 6 def
DETROIT 76 –
P Pierson 23, D Nolan 17, K Smith 14, K Braxton 8
at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Series: 2-2