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Phoenix Mercury And Indian Fever Renew Bloody Rivalry

The Mercury get another shot at their first win of the season against old friends, the Indiana Fever. The Fever are 3-2 to start their season and are coming off a 68-54 loss to Seattle on Friday.

As expected from a Lin Dunn team, the Fever defense has been solid. They are holding opponents to just 40.5 percent shooting and are led in scoring by Katie Douglas (19.2 ppg), Tamika Catchings (12.6 ppg) and former Mercury player, Tangela Smith (9 ppg). Former Sun Devil Briann January is starting at point guard.

These two teams have a bloody history going back to last season. In an August game DeWanna Bonner was knocked out and sent to the hospital after taking an elbow to the head while defending a drive from Shavonte Zellous.


Diana Taurasi struck back.

Mercury Unable To Recover From Fever Blow As Bonner Goes Down And Taurasi Retaliates - SB Nation Arizona
With just over three minutes to play and the Mercury down by 17 points, Taurasi appeared to take revenge on behalf of her teammate. She drove to the basket and Fever center Jessica Davenport reached in and fouled Taurasi. While driving, Taursi fully extended her elbow and connected with Davenport's nose. Jessica was bleeding profusely and was taken out of the game. Taurasi was called for a technical foul.


All of the players involved in that battle will be back on the floor Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Live streaming for this game is available online at