PHOENIX, Ariz. - Candice Dupree ('06), a former star for the Temple women's basketball team, tied her career high in the WNBA with 32 points in leading the Phoenix Mercury to a 106-93 win against the San Antonio Silver Stars in the Western Conference semifinals opener on Thursday, August 26.
Dupree, formerly of the Chicago Sky, joined the defending champs prior to the start of the 2010 season. The second-seeded Mercury will try to close out the third-seeded Silver Stars in the best-of-three series on Saturday when the teams move to San Antonio. If a third game is necessary, the series will return to Phoenix on Monday,
Dupree fell a field goal short of the WNBA playoff record for a half when she scored 18 points. After four seasons with Chicago, Dupree is now playing in the postseason for the first time in her WNBA career.
"It was a great experience, obviously my first playoff game," said Dupree. "The intensity was high, everybody was extremely motivated, and our main goal is trying to win this series in two. I just tried to come out as motivated as possible."
Dupree talking about the challenges Phoenix will face on the road Saturday.
"It will be tough. Their fans are pretty intense there. We just have to come out and hopefully recreate what we did tonight and if not, play harder. It's a desperate situation for them, so we know they are going to come out fighting, and we have to do the same thing."
(Quotes courtesy of Mel Greenberg, womhoops.blogspot.com)