Taylor stepping up when it counts

Taylor stepping up when it counts

Jayco Opal and WNBA superstar Penny Taylor has continued on from her outstanding first half of the 2011 WNBA season, helping her side the Phoenix Mercury overcome all obstacles in their quest for the WNBA title.

Already acknowledged as one of the 30 greatest WNBA players of the league’s history, Taylor’s performances this year have reached an even higher level, with the 30-year-old consistently impacting all statistical areas.

Taylor is currently averaging 16.7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game, in a team where most of the offense is run through fellow league star and current scoring leader Diana Taurasi.

Taylor has recorded individual game career-highs this season in defensive rebounds (10 versus Atlanta), assists (10 versus San Antonio), and most free throws without a miss (13 versus San Antonio).

Not surprisingly she was named to the Western Conference WNBA All-Star team this season.

With Diana Taurasi missing the Mercury’s game on the weekend against the San Antonio Silver Stars, Taylor did what she has done all year, and stepped up when it mattered.

Taylor scored 28 points, including 13 of 13 from the free-throw line, as well as adding 5 assists and 4 rebounds in the 87-81 victory. Taylor scored 16 points in the crucial fourth quarter.

"They did everything, gave all they had, Penny especially. She sacrificed her body," said Mercury head coach Corey Gaines.

"That's Penny. I told her I knew she was going to come through."