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Founded as one of the original eight franchises, the Phoenix Mercury joined the WNBA in 1997. As members of the Western Conference of the WBNA, the team quickly rose in the ranks. The Phoenix Mercury made the WNBA playoffs their first franchise season. With coach Cheryl Miller and stand out players like Nancy Leiberman, Michele Timms, Jennifer Gillom and Bridget Pettis blazing a trail, the Mercury ended the 1997 season with a 16-12 record. Don’t miss out on the action; get your Phoenix Mercury basketball tickets now!|
The Mercury followed up the next season, scoring a 19-11 record, earning a place in the playoffs for a second time. After defeating the Cleveland Rockers, the team made it to the WNBA Finals for the first time.
Following their loss in the Finals, the team struggled to regain its footing, but rebounded in 2004, when the Mercury won the No. 1 overall choice in the WBNA Draft Diana Taurasi. The Mercury’s new forward went on to become the WNBA Rookie of the Year, pushing the team back into contention.
In 2006, the team brought former NBA coach Paul Westhead on board, and drafted Cappie Pondexter, leading the team to new league records for points scored. The Mercury made a run in the Western Conference, posting their best record in franchise history at 23–11, as well as clinching the No. 1 seed. The 2007 Mercury set a record by averaging 89.0 points.
That season the squad advanced to the WNBA Finals. During the final seconds of Game 4, Pondexter proved her prowess on the court, scoring 26 points and forcing Game 5. Phoenix won 108-92, and won the series, making the Mercury the first WNBA team to win a championship on the road.
The next year, the team didn’t make the playoffs, but they quickly rebounded, clinching the top spot in the playoffs in 2009 and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Mercury defeated the Los Angeles Sparks in the Conference Finals, winning 2–1. 2011 saw the Mercury reach its third straight Conference Finals, however; they fell to the Minnesota Lynx.
In 2014, former WNBA player and four-time Australian Olympian Sandy Brondello joined the Mercury as head coach. Don’t miss your chance to see your Phoenix Mercury scorch the competition this season!