The Phoenix Mercury look for their fifth consecutive victory on Wednesday when visiting the Big Apple's to play the New York Liberty. Phoenix is 13-10 following an 84-69 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Saturday. Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 25 points and handed out seven assists, while Diana Taurasi scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Phoenix is fourth in the Western Conference standings four games behind co-leaders Las Vegas and Seattle.
Brittney Griner is leading Phoenix in scoring and rebounding with averages of 20.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, while Skylar Diggins-Smith is the second leading scorer and the leader in assists with averages of 18.5 points and 5.0 assists per game. Diana Taurasi is the third leading scorer with an average of 15.7 points per game and one of just three players for Phoenix averaging double-figures in scoring.
New York looks to snap a two-game losing streak when hosting Phoenix on Wednesday. The Liberty dropped to 11-14 following an 86-83 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday. Natasha Howard scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for New York while Sami Whitcomb also scored 17 points. However, Whitcomb injured her ankle late in the game and did not return.
Betnijah Laney is the leading scorer and second in assists with averages of 17.8 points and 5.2 assists per game. Natasha Howard is the second leading scorer and leading rebounder with averages of 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Sabrina Ionescu is the leader in assists with an average of 5.8 and with a scoring average of 10.5 points per game is one of four players for New York averaging double-figures in scoring.