The WNBA semifinal playoff collection are knotted at a recreation apiece and each might go the total 5 video games based mostly on the historic and gritty performances up to now.

Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury placed on a taking pictures clinic as they scored probably the most factors in a regulation playoff recreation within the league’s 25-year historical past in a win over Las Vegas on Thursday evening. Eight months after having surgical procedure to restore a torn Achilles’ tendon Alyssa Thomas supplied a spark for the Connecticut Sun in a victory over the Chicago Sky.

Both collection at the moment are tied at 1-1 and play will shift to Chicago and Phoenix for the subsequent set of video games scheduled to tip off on Sunday.

“We brought a different mindset to the game, an aggression,” stated Taurasi, who had a career playoff-high 37 points in the 117-91 victory. “That’s what these games come down to. In Game 1, they were the aggressors. They played more physical. Today we did that and sustained that for long periods.”

Taurasi barely missed regardless of coping with an ankle harm that compelled her to sit down out the ultimate 4 common season video games and the playoff opener towards New York. She hit 10 of her 13 photographs and made a career-high eight 3-pointers.

Her efficiency got here shortly after Thomas had 15 factors, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and supplied a defensive carry for the Sun to even their collection with Chicago. Thomas’ recreation was much more outstanding as she had returned two weeks earlier from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon harm she suffered in January. The 79-68 win over Chicago was solely her fourth recreation again.

“You know, this is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through,” Thomas stated of the harm, which she suffered in January whereas enjoying abroad. “There’s a lot of hard days. I’m a perfectionist, and I’m just so used to bouncing back from things. Days that weren’t good and I couldn’t get after it or push myself were frustrating.

“You actually begin from floor zero simply to learn to stroll once more. It was a gradual course of, a tough course of. But you’ve simply obtained to have a good time the little issues.”

For Connecticut to keep the momentum going, the Sun will have to try and once again contain the potent Sky offense. When Chicago has scored less than 80 points this season the team has won just twice. In the opener, a double-overtime thriller, the Sky won 101-95 as Courtney Vandersloot had the second triple-double in WNBA playoff history.

Some other tidbits about the semifinals:

TRAVEL ADVENTURES:

While the Mercury and Aces had no problems getting flights to Phoenix, the Sky and Sun had a more difficult time. Connecticut coach Curt Miller said during his postgame press conference that his team would be split among three flights out of two different airports to get to Chicago. The Sky had to get up at 3:30 a.m. and split up to three different airports to make it home Friday.

Miller said he had the wacky travel arrangements so that his tall players wouldn’t have to be in the middle seats and would be more comfortable on the flights.

“I would like you guys to listen to this,” he said. “That’s what this league goes by. That’s what these wonderful girls, the most effective on the planet at what they do, undergo.”

TIP-INS:

There won’t be at least one sweep in the semifinals for only the second time since the WNBA changed its playoff format in 2016. With the exception of 2018 when both semis went five games, one of the series has been a three-game sweep. … The Mercury’s 68 points in the first half of Game 2 was a WNBA playoff record. … WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Kelsey Plum has averaged 25 points in the first two games of the series.

A “ROAD” HOME GAME

Game 3 of the Mercury-Aces collection will probably be performed at Arizona State as a result of Phoenix’s regular house is being utilized by Disney on Ice. Arenas e-book occasions manner prematurely and there was no solution to know the Mercury could be internet hosting a playoff recreation on Sunday. The Mercury may must play away from their regular residence for Game 4 because the Phoenix Suns are internet hosting the Los Angeles Lakers in an exhibition recreation on Wednesday evening.