Phillips finds shooting touch on eve of WNBA Playoffs

Phillips finds shooting touch on eve of WNBA Playoffs

On the eve of the 2014 WNBA Playoffs Jayco Australian Opals duo Erin Phillips and Penny Taylor and their Phoenix Mercury have continued their record-breaking season, with the WNBA Championship firmly in their sights.

The Mercury rounded out the regular season schedule on Monday, easily accounting for Western Conference rivals, the Seattle Storm 78-65 to notch up win 29 of the campaign – setting a new regular season record of 29-5.

Phoenix head into the post-season as the top-seed in the Western Conference with the best record in the WNBA, ensuring home court advantage for the entire playoffs.

For Phillips, the off-season trade that landed her in Phoenix has been a success, with her outside shooting becoming a perfect complementary weapon to the Mercury arsenal, with the Jayco Opals star finishing the regular season as the WNBA’s premier three-point shooter.

Playing 33 of the 34 games this campaign, Phillips late-season hot streak propelled her overall mark to a league-best 44.9% - further enhancing her reputation as one of the most deadly knockdown shooters in the WNBA.

A hero of the Fever’s 2012 WNBA Championship run, Phillips is hitting her straps at the right time of the season, which should strike fear through the entire competition if the 29-year-old’s shooting form is anything to go by.

In the run to the2012 WNBA title, Phillips set a WNBA Finals record for three-pointers made and three-point percentage – this record could be in danger if the Jayco Opals star continues her late-season form.

The 2008 Olympic silver medallist has averaged 12.8 points in the final four games of the regular season – up from her regular season mark of 5.6 points per game – but it has been her shooting accuracy that has tongues wagging.

In this remarkable four-game stretch, Phillips is shooting at an eye-popping 73% from the field and an outstanding 67% from beyond the arc.

Phillips has thrived under the leadership of Mercury Head Coach Sandy Brondello, with the four-time Olympian with the Jayco Opals bringing out the best in her compatriot.

The Mercury will face the fourth seed in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Sparks, in the first round of WNBA Playoffs, tipping off on Saturday 23 August at 3:00pm AEST.

Look out for our WNBA Playoffs Preview interview with Jayco Opals star Erin Phillips on the eve of the WNBA post-season on the BA website this week.