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Phoenix Mercury Drop Road Game And Season Series To San Antonio, 86-68

The Phoenix Mercury failed to clinch a playoff berth and they dropped the season series to the San Antonio Silver Stars with their loss Thursday night on the road. The team was once again without Penny Taylor who's sat out the last two games. With the loss, the Mercury are tied with Seattle for second place in the Western Conference.

"At the end of a long road, I think they're a little tired. We shot horrible, threes, twos, turnovers. That's a bad comination at the end of a road trip," Mercury coach Corey Gaines said. "It's almost like we ran out of juice while (the Silver Stars) just kept on going. They started hitting shots as there were just a lot of mistakes on our side."

DeWanna Bonner scored 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in her second straight start. Diana Taurasi scored 18 points on 13-of-13 from the free throw line, the second most free throws made without a miss in WNBA history.

Phoenix will look to clench a playoff berth Saturday when it hosts the Los Angeles Sparks at US Airways Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.