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Originally published August 22, 2013 at 6:31 PM | Page modified August 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

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Game preview: Storm at Phoenix Mercury, Friday

Storm atPhoenix

7 tonight at US Airways Center

TV: KONG

Records: Storm 12-13, Mercury 14-12

Storm HTPPGFNoelle Quinn 6-04.9FTina Thompson 6-213.3CCamille Little 6-210.8GTemeka Johnson 5-310.1GTanisha Wright 5-1111.8MercuryHTPPGFCandice Dupree6-214.9FDeWanna Bonner 6-415.2CBrittney Griner 6-813.5GDiana Taurasi 6-021.4GBriana Gilbreath 6-04.3

NOTES: With a win, the Storm moves within a half-game of the Mercury, which sits in the third playoff spot. ... Seattle leads the four-game season series 3-0. ... Taurasi, the league’s second-leading scorer (21.4 points), is averaging 9.6 points on 31.2 percent from the field (10 for 32) against the Storm this season. ... After an 80-65 home loss to Seattle on Aug. 6, Phoenix fired coach Corey Gaines and hired Russ Pennell. The team is 4-1 since the coaching change. ... The Storm finished a five-game homestand 3-2, defeating Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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NOTES: The Storm could move a half-game back of the Mercury’s lead on the third playoff spot with a win. Seattle leads the four-game regular-season series 3-0. Taurasi, the league’s second-leading scorer (21.4 points), is averaging 9.6 points on 31.2 percent from the field (10 for 32) against the Storm this season. ... After an 80-65 home loss to Seattle on Aug. 6, Phoenix fired coach Corey Gaines and hired Russ Pennell. The team is 4-1 since the coaching change. ... The Storm finished a five-game homestand 3-2, defeating Los Angeles on Tuesday. ... Seattle is averaging 78.2 points in its five wins in August. Thompson, the team’s leading scorer (13.3 points), is averaging 15.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting from the field in August. ... Second-year wing Shekinna Stricklen aggravated her right Achilles injury in the second quarter of the win over LA on Tuesday. Her status is day-to-day. If she is unable to start, Noelle Quinn will replace her in the lineup.

Storm HTPPG
FNoelle Quinn 6-04.9
FTina Thompson 6-213.3
CCamille Little 6-210.8
GTemeka Johnson 5-310.1
GTanisha Wright 5-1111.8
MercuryHTPPG
FCandice Dupree6-214.9
FDeWanna Bonner 6-415.2
CBrittney Griner 6-813.5
GDiana Taurasi 6-021.4
GBriana Gilbreath 6-04.3

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