Phoenix Mercury, Led by UCLA Alum Ann Meyers Drysdale, Wins WNBA Title

Sept. 17, 2007

The future is now for the Phoenix Mercury, which beat the Detroit Shock, 108-92, on Sunday at Auburn Hills, Mich., to wrap up its first league title in the deciding Game 5 of the championship series.

The Mercury's general manager is four-time UCLA All-American Ann Meyers Drysdale.

A fast start helped Phoenix become the first team in the WNBA's 11-year history to claim the title on the road. Pondexter, in her second year in the league, scored 26 points and was chosen as the series most valuable player.

'It's been a long time coming,' said Pondexter, who lost the NCAA title game in her senior year at Rutgers. 'It's something I've been waiting for, working hard for, and it's finally here.'

Penny Taylor scored 30 points and Diana Taurasi had 17 for the Mercury.

The Shock lost the last two games of the series, ending its bid to win consecutive titles. Detroit also won the title in 2003.

Deanna Nolan led the Shock with 27 points.

Mercury Coach Paul Westhead also won an NBA title as coach of the Lakers in 1980.

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