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The Phoenix Mercury, in their first game since trading starting center Kara Braxton, struggled offensively in the second half and didn't execute down the stretch but still almost pulled out the win.
The Phoenix Mercury in their first game since trading away starting center Kara Braxton for "conduct detrimental to the team" struggled to find their offensive rhythm in the second half. After score 45 points on 45 percent shooting in the first half against the Connecticut Sun, the Mercury bogged down and scored just 28 point in the second.
After a series of turnovers, bad fouls and missed shots, the Mercury were down two with 2.9 seconds remaining when DeWanna Bonner (24 points, 11 rebounds) stole the inbounds pass and tied the game. The Mercury went on to lose in overtime by one point after a Bonner blocked shot feel to Tina Charles who scored the game-winning basket.
The Mercury fall to 11-9 on the season and next face the talented Minnesota Lynx on August 9 at home.