Mercury 72

(15-3, 8-2 away)

Sky 66

(8-12, 5-7 home)

    8:30 PM ET, July 11, 2014

    Allstate Arena, Glenview, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 15 14 22 2172
    CHI 18 12 21 1566

    Top Performers

    Phoenix: B. Griner 11 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 6 Blk

    Chicago: S. Fowles 23 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    Mercury-Sky Preview


    The Phoenix Mercury are enjoying the longest winning streak in franchise history thanks in large part to Brittney Griner, who was chosen to start in next weekend's All-Star game.

    The slumping Chicago Sky are headed in the opposite direction with fellow All-Star Elena Delle Donne still out.

    Looking to stay hot, visiting Phoenix tries to add to the Sky's woes Friday night.

    The WNBA-leading Mercury (14-3) have won eight in a row after beating Seattle 78-58 on Wednesday. Phoenix forced 20 turnovers and held the Storm to 1-of-12 shooting from 3-point range.

    "That's something that we put our hat on all season long, is to play good defense, and I thought that the activity and the pressure that we had there just took them out of the game," coach Sandy Brondello said.

    The Mercury have outscored opponents by an average of 10.4 points during their run, including an 87-69 rout of Chicago (8-11) last Wednesday.

    "We are rolling now," Griner said. "In the beginning, we were just trying to find our groove, find our identity. Definitely found it. Now we're just building on it every game."

    Griner, averaging 15.6 points, a team-best 8.2 rebounds and league-high 4.0 blocks, will start for the Western Conference in next Saturday's All-Star game in Phoenix alongside teammate Diana Taurasi.

    Delle Donne was the leading vote-getter in the East, but she's home in Delaware receiving treatment for Lyme disease.

    "It is really sad that she's dealing with this right now," Griner said of Delle Donne, who's missed 10 of the last 11 games. "We all want her better."

    The Sky have lost three in row, dropping to 3-7 without Delle Donne and her 21.2 points per game. Sylvia Fowles scored 19 to go along with 17 rebounds and five blocks in Wednesday's 72-65 loss to Washington.

    "I feel like I'm 100 percent," said Fowles, who played her sixth game following hip surgery. "I think it's about us just connecting together as a team and sticking together."

    The Sky held a 42-33 rebounding edge but shot a season-low 31.3 percent, going 1 for 11 from 3-point range.

    "In basketball you could run the perfect set, the perfect play and sometimes the shot won't fall, especially for shooters in the fourth quarter," coach Pokey Chatman said. "That's why there's so much energy and effort and emphasis on the defensive end of the floor and playing hard, smart and together."

    Point guard Courtney Vandersloot's recent absence hasn't helped matters. Vandersloot, averaging a league-best 6.4 assists, remains out with a sprained knee suffered June 27.

    The Sky had taken three straight from the Mercury before getting blown out last week as Candice Dupree scored 26 points for Phoenix.