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Rockin' And Rollin' Mercury Face Rivals Silver Stars

The Phoenix Mercury are starting to find their way after stumbling out of the gates in their championship-defense season. They've now won two in a row and evened things up with a 5-5 record, good for second in the Western Conference behind the dominating Seattle Storm.

Offseason acquisition Candice Dupree is coming off of a superb performance in last Saturday's victory over the Tulsa Shock, in which the forward went 9-for-9 from the field and snagged four rebounds and three steals.

Between Dupree's last two games, she has hit 14 straight shots. She'll break the WNBA record for consecutive field goals made if she sinks her first two tonight.

In addition to Dupree's emergence, All-Star and last year's league MVP Diana Taurasi is beginning to look more like herself, having scored 31 points on 56% shooting and 18 points on 64% shooting in her last two outings -- both wins.

The Silver Stars are having a rough go of things so far this season, heading into today's game with a 3-6 record (1-3 on the road) and star guard Becky Hammon averaging only 14 points after coming back from a strained right quad that caused her to miss two games. On the season, Hammon is struggling with her lowest scoring average since 2002.

The Mercury are hoping to take advantage of San Antonio's struggles and extend their win streak to climb over .500 for the first time since their season-opening victory.