• The Phoenix Mercury staved off elimination in the 2011 WNBA Playoffs forcing Game 3 in the Western Conference Semifinals at Seattle Monday.

 

  • The Mercury improved to 9-3 all-time in postseason series elimination games and 6-1 at home.

 

  • The Mercury defeated the Storm for the second time in its last four meetings overall, following a stretch of nine straight regular season and postseason losses to Seattle.

 

  • Phoenix snapped Seattle’s eight-game postseason win streak, dating back to the 2010 playoffs when the Storm went 7-0 to win the championship.

 

  • DIANA TAURASI has lost just one postseason series in her championship-decorated career. Tonight she improved to 7-1 in elimination games in her career.

 

  • The Mercury now travels to Seattle Monday for a decisive Game 3. Phoenix is 3-3 all-time in Game 3 situations and 1-2 on the road.

 

  • To advance past the first round of the WNBA Playoffs for the fifth time in its last seven postseason appearances, Phoenix will have to win at Key Arena for the first time since Sept. 10, 2009.