Pondexter Delivers in the Clutch for the Mercury
Mercury 81, Lynx 78

Associated Press
Thursday, June 29, 2006

Cappie Pondexter doesn't have any rookie jitters about getting the ball in key situations.

Pondexter hit a three-pointer with 5.8 seconds left and then stole the inbounds pass to lift the Mercury to an 81-78 victory over the Minnesota Lynx last night in Phoenix.

"I like to take the big shots," Pondexter said. "I don't mind. I love it when the game is close like that."

The Mercury overcame the poor shooting of its top two scorers -- Diana Taurasi (4 for 16) and Pondexter (5 for 14) -- to win for the sixth time in nine games.

? STORM 75, SPARKS 67: In Los Angeles, Betty Lennox scored 27 points and Seattle snapped the Sparks' eight-game winning streak.

Sue Bird added 11 points for Seattle (9-8), which played without Lauren Jackson. The all-star forward, who has played through a stress fracture in her left shin since she was a teenager, missed her first game since September 2004.

The Storm used a 9-0 run over the first two-plus minutes of the second quarter to open a 28-15 lead. They stayed ahead the rest of the game.

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