Mercury retains Sky on ot in game 2 to tie the series

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury rallied in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night and Diana Taurasi went into overtime to beat the Chicago Sky 91-86 and even the WNBA final at 1-1.

Best-of-5 Game 3 takes place in Chicago on Friday.

Leading 63-57 after the third quarter, Sky knocked down a Taurasi-led Mercury charge on 3 consecutive runs from Stefanie Dolson and Allie Quigley and appeared to lead 72-65 at 5:57 left.

After a replay, however, a 3-point Diamond DeShields pointer was ruled after the shot clock, reducing Sky’s lead to four.

Brianna Turner scored on an alley-oop pass from Skylar Diggins-Smith, followed by a 3-point play from Brittney Griner, giving the Mercury the 70-69 lead at 4:39.

Brittney Griner, on the left, had a high 29 points and Skylar Diggins-Smith had 13 for the Mercury in their victory in Game 2.

Quigley responded for the Sky with a 3-point pointer, then Turner scored on a layup after a steal for 72-all at 3:45. Griner scored a Diggins-Smith assist at 2:46 for a two-point lead over Mercury.

Even with the large home crowd, including members of the Phoenix Suns, standing to cheer and wave, Courtney Vandersloot scored from a drive for 74-74 at 2:32.

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