2009 Phoenix Mercury season

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2009 Phoenix Mercury season
Coach Corey Gaines
Arena US Airways Center
Attendance 8,523 per game
Record 23–11 (.676)
Place 1st (Western)
Playoff finish Won WNBA Finals
Team Leaders
Points Taurasi (20.4)
Rebounds Bonner (5.8)
Assists Pondexter (5.0)
Television FSN Arizona

The 2009 WNBA season was the 13th season for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Mercury won the WNBA Finals for the second time in franchise history. On June 6, the Mercury and LifeLock entered a multi-year marketing partnership to launch the first-ever branded jersey in WNBA or NBA history. A press conference was held at the NBA Store in New York City with Phoenix Mercury President and COO Jay Parry and LifeLock CEO Todd Davis to make the announcement.[1] The partnership ran through 2011, and the LifeLock name was on the front of Phoenix Mercury’s player jerseys and on warm-up suits. The Mercury and LifeLock ware the first to finalize such an agreement following the WNBA’s decision this off-season to make this opportunity available for its teams and sponsors. As part of the partnership, LifeLock offered a one-year complimentary membership to season ticket holders of all WNBA teams.[1]


Dispersal draft[edit]

Based on the Mercury's 2008 record, they picked 5th in the Houston Comets dispersal draft. The Mercury picked Sequoia Holmes.[2]

WNBA draft[edit]

The following are the Mercury's selections in the 2009 WNBA draft:



  • July 17: The Mercury re-signed Penny Taylor.
  • July 14: The Mercury waived Allie Quigley.
  • June 3: The Mercury waived Alison Bales, Sha Brooks, and Laurie Koehn and claimed Ketia Swanier off waivers.
  • June 2: The Mercury waived Yuko Oga.
  • May 31: The Mercury waived Murriel Page.
  • May 18: The Mercury signed Murriel Page.
  • May 13: The Mercury waived Jessica Adair.
  • April 30: The Mercury signed Laurie Koehn.
  • April 20: The Mercury waived Kim Smith and A'Quonesia Franklin.
  • March 26: The Mercury acquired Temeka Johnson from the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for a first-round 2010 WNBA draft pick.
  • March 20: The Mercury traded Barbara Farris to the Sacramento Monarchs in exchange for A'Quonesia Franklin and Kim Smith.
  • March 16: The Mercury has withdrawn its qualifying offer to Belinda Snell.
  • February 11: The Mercury signed Yuko Oga to a training camp contract.
  • January 30: The Mercury traded Kelly Miller and LaToya Pringle to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Nicole Ohlde.
  • January 21: The Mercury acquired Alison Bales from the Atlanta Dream in exchange for a second-round 2009 WNBA draft pick.
  • January 7: The Mercury signed Brooke Smith to a training-camp contract.
  • May 7, 2008: The Mercury acquired a third-round pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft from the New York Liberty as part of the Leilani Mitchell transaction.


Free agents[edit]


Phoenix Mercury roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From
G 24 United States Bonner, DeWanna 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 136 lb (62 kg) Auburn
PG 2 United States Johnson, Temeka 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) 132 lb (60 kg) LSU
SG 33 United States Mazzante, Kelly 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Penn State
F/C 30 United States Ohlde, Nicole 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kansas State
SG 23 United States Pondexter, Cappie 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Rutgers
F/C 21 United States Smith, Brooke 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Stanford
C 50 United States Smith, Tangela 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Iowa
PG 11 United States Swanier, Ketia 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 144 lb (65 kg) Connecticut
F 13 Australia Taylor, Penny 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 163 lb (74 kg) Australia
G/F 3 United States Taurasi, Diana 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Connecticut
PF 43 United States Willingham, Le'Coe 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Auburn
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Athletic trainer
Strength and conditioning coach

  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Season standings[edit]

Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Phoenix Mercury x 23 11 .676 12–5 11–6 13–7
Seattle Storm x 20 14 .588 3.0 13–4 7–10 13–7
Los Angeles Sparks x 18 16 .529 5.0 11–6 7–10 11–9
San Antonio Silver Stars x 15 19 .441 8.0 10–7 5–12 10–10
Minnesota Lynx o 14 20 .412 9.0 9–8 5–12 7–13
Sacramento Monarchs o 12 22 .353 11.0 7–10 5–12 6–14



2009 Game Log: Preseason

Regular season[edit]

2009 Game log: Regular season
Watch all games live on WNBA LiveAccess


2009 Game log: Postseason

Regular season statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  TO  Turnovers per game
 PF  Fouls per game Team leader League leader

Player statistics[edit]

Team statistics[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ a b "MERCURY: Mercury, LifeLock Break New Ground with Partnership". wnba.com. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "WNBA.com: Atlanta Dream Select Sancho Lyttle With Top Pick in Houston Comets Dispersal Draft". wnba.com. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "WNBA.com: 2009 WNBA Draft Board". Archived from the original on 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  4. ^ "WNBA.com: 2009 WNBA Transactions". wnba.com. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 

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