Mercury run out of gas in second half loss to Minnesota Lynx

The Phoenix Mercury (6-11) looked energized Tuesday night in the first half, but couldn’t sustain its start in the second half and fell 71-84 to the Minnesota Lynx (4-13) at Footprint Center.

“That was problematic for us that when they started picking up their intensity that we weren’t matching that physicality right away,” Mercury head coach Vanessa Nygaard said.

The Mercury looked energized coming into the game after not playing since Friday. That start paid off when the Mercury took a 9-2 lead at 6:35 before the Lynx called a timeout. Minnesota came back

Skylar Diggins-Smith and Shey Peddy connected well in the quarter, especially when Peddy’s shot was initially blocked by Damiris Dantas but Peddy recovered it and set up Diggins-Smith for a driving finger roll layup. After that play at 3:47, the Mercury went on an 8-2 run and led by 11 points after the first quarter.