/WNBA playoffs: Peddys buzzer-beater ousts champs

WNBA playoffs: Peddys buzzer-beater ousts champs


It took a buzzer-beater, but the Phoenix Mercury have made it through to the second round. 

The Mercury, thanks to a last-second shot from Shey Peddy, topped the Washington Mystics 85-84 at IMG Academy on Tuesday night.

“They released me, so for me to hit that shot against them, it’s just like a fairytale moment,” Peddy said after the game about beating her old team, via Business Insider. “I don’t think you can write it up any better than that.”

Shey Peddy hits buzzer-beater

Phoenix struggled early on Tuesday night, and fell into a double-digit hole through three quarters. 

Finally, though, they found their game. 

The Mercury mounted a massive 17-0 run early in the fourth quarter to take their first lead of the night. Washington, the league’s defending champions, surged back ahead in the final seconds with a 5-0 run of their own — and jumped up by two thanks to a free throw from Leilani Mitchell

Phoenix had one last shot with just less than six seconds left. Skylar Diggins-Smith caught the inbounds pass and started to drive through the lane to the hoop. As she was stopped, Diggins-Smith found Peddy open in the corner. 

Peddy expertly caught the pass, faked and then drilled the shot — giving them the one-point win to advance into the next round of the playoffs.

Diggins-Smith led the Mercury with 24 points and six rebounds. Diana Taurasi added 23 points, and Peddy finished with 12 off the bench. Her final 3-pointer was just her second of the game. 

Mitchell led the Mystics with 25 points while shooting 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Emma Meesseman added 18 points, and Ariel Atkins finished with 13 points.

With the win, the Mercury will take on the Minnesota Lynx in the second round on Thursday.

“That was a dream come true shot right there,” Peddy said, via Business Insider. “That was my first ever game-winning shot and to make it on this stage at this moment — man — it’s a great feeling.”

Phoenix Mercury guard Shey PeddyPhoenix Mercury guard Shey Peddy

Phoenix Mercury guard Shey Peddy, right, is congratulated by guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, second from right, guard Diana Taurasi and forward
Alanna Smith, left, after Peddy scored the game-winning shot as time expired against the Washington Mystics during a WNBA basketball first-round playoff game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Connecticut Sun advance after dominant win over Sky

Thanks to a massive third-quarter run, the Connecticut Sun have made it out of the first round of the WNBA playoffs.

The Sun surged ahead in the second half to beat the Chicago Sky 94-81 in their first round playoff matchup at IMG Academy on Tuesday night. 

The two teams were in lockstep through the first two quarters, and entered the locker room at halftime squared up 41-41. Connecticut, however, came out of the break firing. 

The Sun opened up the third quarter on a big 12-2 run and outscored Chicago 27-11 in the period to take full control of the game. 

They had secured a 20-point lead near the midway point of the fourth quarter, and cruised to the dominant 13-point win. 

Alyssa Thomas led the Sun with 26 points and 13 rebounds — 10 of which were offensive boards, the most in a single playoff game in WNBA history. DeWanna Bonner added 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Kaila Charles added 13 off the bench, too. 

Allie Quigley led the Sky with 19 points while shooting 7-of-9 from the field. Kahleah Copper added 17 points, and Gabby Williams put up 16 off the bench.

The Sun will take on the Los Angeles Sparks in the second round on Thursday.

Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner drives against Chicago Sky guard Kahleah Copper Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner drives against Chicago Sky guard Kahleah Copper

Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner drives to the basket in front of Chicago Sky guard Kahleah Copper during the second half of their first-round playoff game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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