Mercury Head Coach Sandy Brondello and Guard DeWanna Bonner talk about the team’s goals

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Currently tied at third in their western division, Phoenix Mercury Head Coach Sandy Brondello and Guard DeWanna Bonner talk about the road to a championship and how the WNBA continues to develop.

Bonner comes back to the season after taking the last year off as she welcomed twins to the world. Her coach says the guard has shown amazing versatility and agility especially after just giving birth. Bonner joins team veterans Dianna Taurasi and Brittney Griner in the 2018 season.

“We like our team but we know this is a very difficult league to win,” Brondello says. “We have to focus on each and every moment and not look too far ahead. The ultimate goal is to win a championship, but to do that we have to put in a lot of hard work. Are we capable? Yes. But we have to play with a lot of persistence and consistency.”

People who have worked alongside Brondello says she takes planning very seriously. The coach says it’s true because it’s her job to prepare to the best of her ability. After games, especially ones in which the Mercury lose, Brondello goes back to watch it again and takes notes on areas the team can get better. Best of all, she enjoys what she does.

The WNBA has created a family friendly environment for both fans and players. The Mercury have recently introduced a family room where there’s someone there to look after the player’s and support staff’s children like Brondello’s 11- and 8-year-olds.

“They love being around the team,” Brondello says about her kids. “I want them to be around the team. I love going to work every day. I’m blessed to have a career and be a mother as well because it’s important to me… It [the new family room] allows the people taking care of our children to enjoy the game as well.”

The league seems to be adding more skill to the game with every season. Brondello says part of it may have to do with sport science getting better so the players can prepare more effectively. Another important factor is the increase in athleticism and the mindset of “you get out what you put into it.”

“Every team is pretty much super athletic and super fast,” Bonner says. “Every game you have to bring it. A couple years ago maybe the league was a little lopsided. You had a team you don’t have to play as hard against, but now every night you have to bring it.”

The league is changing off the court as much as it is on. Young girls are reaching out to players and asking them questions about the game, Bonner says. Brondello says it helps that the WNBA have become more nationally recognized and games are broadcast on TV because it encourages young girls everywhere.

The Mercury’s next game is Friday night at 5 p.m. against the Lynx in Minnesota. Their next home game is June 8 at 7 p.m. against the Chicago Sky. For more information on the Mercury visit mercury.wnba.com.

TED SIMONS: ROAD TRIP COMING UP. HEAD COACH SANDY BRONDELLO REMAINS ONE VICTORY SHY OF HER 100 MARK. POALA BOIVIN AT CRONKITE'S SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION SAT DOWN WITH BRONDELLO AND GUARD DEWANNA BONNER.

PAOLA BOIVIN: THANK YOU BOTH FOR JOINING US AS LETTING US DRAG YOU OFF THE PRACTICE COURTS. I APPRECIATE IT. NO PRESSURE, SANDY, BUT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THIS TEAM, AND THEY'RE SEEING DEWANNA AND BRITNEY GREENER AND IS THERE IS A CHAMPIONSHIP IN THIS TEAM'S FUTURE?

SANDY BRONDELLO: WE'RE EXCITED. IT'S GREAT TO HAVE DEWANNA BACK AFTER HAVING TWINS. SHE BRINGS SO MUCH VERSATILITY OF OUR TEAM. AND OUR PLAYERS ARE RETURNING. WE LIKE OUR TEAM, BUT WE KNOW THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT LEAGUE TO WIN. WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON EACH AND EVERY MOMENT, NOT LOOK TOO FAR AHEAD. I MEAN, THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT TO DO THAT WE HAVE TO DO A LOT OF HARD WORK TO GET THERE. ARE WE CAPABLE? YES, BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PLAY WITH PERSISTENCE AND CONSISTENCY.

PAOLA BOIVIN: DEWANNA, COMING BACK AFTER A YEAR OFF, WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND THE COURT AND SEE THE FACES THAT ARE THERE, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE EXPECTATIONS?

DEWANNA BONNER: I'M EXCITED, LIKE SANDY SAID, TO COME BACK AND BE WITH DIANA AND BG AGAIN. THOSE TWO HAVE BEEN HERE FROM THE BEGINNING, AND THEY'VE BEEN PLAYING--I WON A CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THEM, WE KNOW WHAT IT TAKES. BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF GREAT PIECES. WE KNOW HE WE HAVE IT, BUT WE HAVE TO WORK HARD AND I'M EXCITED WITH WHAT WE'RE BUILDING.

PAOLA BOIVIN: JUST BEFORE WE CAME HERE I WAS TALKING TO AN EXECUTIVE ON THE TEAM, AND HE DESCRIBED YOU AS THE HARDEST WORKING, MOST PREPARED PERSON HE HAS EVER SEEN IN THE WNBA. IS PREPARATION KIND OF YOUR THING? DO YOU EVER GET A DAY OFF?

SANDY BRONDELLO: YEAH, LOOK, I PREPARE VERY SERIOUSLY FOR EACH AND EVERY GAME. EVERY OPPONENT. BUT ALSO OURSELVES. YOU KNOW, AFTER A GAME LIKE THE OTHER NIGHT, AND I LIKE TO GO BACK AND WATCH THE AREAS WE CAN GET BETTER AT. I TRY TO DO THE 1% AS WELL. I ALWAYS ASK THE TEAM TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE DOING THE 1% AS WELL. IT'S MY JOB TO PREPARE TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT I ENJOY DOING. IT HELPS ME FEEL LIKE WE CAN GO IN TO THE GAME AND FEEL CONFIDENT THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT GAME PLAN IN PLACE.

PAOLA BOIVIN: WE TALKED A LITTLE OFF THE COURT STUFF, TOO. I KNOW IT'S SO STRANGE FOR ME AS A SPORTS WRITER IN THIS BUSINESS FOR SO LONG, I DON'T KNOW IF I EVER ASKED A MALE PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER ABOUT HAVING KIDS AND WRITING UP A STORY ABOUT IT. I KNOW THAT HAS BEEN A STORYLINE FOR YOU. A MOTHER OF TWINS NOW. DOES THAT CHANGE FOR YOU AT ALL GOING INTO A BASKETBALL SEASON? IS ANYTHING DIFFERENT?

DEWANNA BONNER: OH, FOR SURE. I DON'T GET ANY SLEEP ANY MORE.

PAOLA BOIVIN: THE OBVIOUS.

DEWANNA BONNER: THAT'S PROBABLY THE MAIN THING. BUT YES, IT'S DEFINITELY EXCITING TO HAVE A DIFFERENT MINDSET AND TO HAVE SOMETHING TO GO HOME TO EVERY DAY. I COME HOME AFTER PRACTICE TIRED OR HAD A BAD GAME, AS SOON AS I STEP OFF THE COURT, I SEE MY KIDS, AND THEY'RE SMILING AND HAPPY AND EXCITED. THE GAME IS STILL IN THE BACK OF MY MIND, BUT THIS IS THE BEST FEELING EVER, AND I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR THE WORLD.

PAOLA BOIVIN: DIANA IS ALSO A MOTHER NOW TOO. IS THIS A FAMILY-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT? I SENSE IT IS IN THIS ORGANIZATION.

SANDY BRONDELLO: YES, IT IS, AND SINCE I ARRIVED WITH THE MOTHER OF TWO, NOT BABIES BUT AN 11- AND 8-YEAR-OLD. I WANT THEM TO BE AROUND THE TEAM. I LOVE GOING TO WORK EVERY DAY. I'M HAPPY TO HAVE A CAREER BUT TO BE A MOTHER AS WELL, IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME. BUT IT'S GREAT THAT WE CAN INTEGRATE THEM. THIS ORGANIZATION IS FANTASTIC. THEY'VE REALLY OPENED THE ARMS WHERE WE ARE FAMILY-ORIENTED. WE HAVE A FAMILY ROOM NOW. YOU KNOW, SOMEONE TAKING CARE OF ALL THE KIDS ON GAME NIGHT, SO IT ALLOWS THE OTHER PEOPLE TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN TO ENJOY THE GAME. SO THAT EXCITES ME. YOU KNOW, FAMILY, WE ARE WOMEN. SOMETIMES WE HAVE A FAMILY. AND IT'S GREAT THAT THE ORGANIZATIONS ARE EMBRACING IT.

PAOLA BOIVIN: WHEN I LOOK AROUND THE LEAGUE THIS YEAR, AND YOU GUYS CAN GET A BETTER PERSPECTIVE. THE ATHLETICISM IS SO HIGH. I'M WONDERING FROM BOTH OF YOU WHY DO YOU THINK THAT'S HAPPENING? ARE WE SEEING COACHING BETTER AT LOWER LEVELS? WHY DO YOU THINK THE GAME HAS GOTTEN TO WHERE IT IS NOW?

SANDY BRONDELLO: THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. I THINK IT'S JUST THE LEAGUE JUST KEEPS DEVELOPING. YOU LOOK AT THE NBA, THE SAME THING. THE STANDARD GETS BETTER. THE PLAYERS ARE MORE SKILLED AND MORE ATHLETICISM. I THINK MAYBE THE SPORTS SCIENCE IS BETTER, WE'RE PREPARING THEM BETTER. YOU KNOW, WE HAD SCHOOL PLAYERS THEY'RE VERY SKILLED. MAYBE FROM WHAT THEY'VE DONE AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE, AND HOPEFULLY THAT'S THE CASE. AND MAYBE SOME ARE LATE BLOOMERS AND THEY CONTINUE TO WORKING HARD. WHAT YOU PUT INTO SOMETHING IS WHAT YOU GET OUT OF IT. BUT IT'S GREAT FOR THE WNBA. IT'S GREAT WE HAVE A PROFESSIONAL TEAM AND IT'S GREAT TO GET BETTER.

PAOLA BOIVIN: DO YOU THINK THE SKILL LEVEL IS STILL PRETTY HIGH? IT'S ALWAYS BEEN GOOD.

DEWANNA BONNER: OH FOR SURE, COMING IN 2009 YOU WOULD BE AT A TOTAL DIFFERENT LEVEL THAN YOU SEE TODAY. YOU SEE PEOPLE WHO CAN DUNK, AND THEY CAN REALLY SHOOT THE BALL. EVERYTHING IS SUPER DOMINANT AND FAST AND EVERY NIGHT YOU HAVE TO BRING IT. A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO MAYBE THE LEAGUE WAS A LITTLE LOPSIDED. MAYBE YOU HAVE A TEAM THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO PLAY AS HARD AGAINST, BUT NOW EVERY NIGHT YOU HAVE TO BRING IT.

PAOLA BOIVIN: GROWING UP IN MY ERA THE ONLY WAY TO GET ON THE COVER OF "SPORTS ILLUSTRATED" IF YOU'RE FEMALE IS TO BE IN A BATHING SUIT. WE'VE SEEN THAT CHANGE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT IT MUST FEEL GOOD TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE INSPIRING YOUNG GIRLS TO PLAY BASKETBALL. THERE OFTEN WASN'T A PLACE FOR THEM AND IF THEY WANTED TO BE ON THE FRONT OF A MAGAZINE COVER THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD TO BE IN A BATHING SUIT. IS IT FUN TO SEE THE KIDS IN THE CROWD?

DEWANNA BONNER: OH, IN THE CROWD, THE LOCKER ROOM, THEY RUN ALONG SIDE US AND AFTER THE GAME THEY'RE ALWAYS THERE. IT'S AMAZING. AMAZING HOW MUCH THE WNBA HAS GROWN TO SEE THOSE GIRLS ASKING US QUESTIONS. WE ENCOURAGE THEM TO ASK QUESTIONS. YOU KNOW, CHEERING FOR US AT THE GAME. THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT. I HOPE I'M A GREAT INSPIRATION, BUT TO BE THAT INSPIRATION IS AN AMAZING FEELING.

PAOLA BOIVIN: SANDY, WON HOW IT WAS IN AUSTRALIA AS FAR AS THE INTEREST FOR GIRLS AND BASKETBALL AND THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT HAVE YOU SEEN A GROWTH AS FAR AS YOUNG GIRLS CARING ABOUT BASKETBALL?

SANDY BRONDELLO: YEAH, I THINK SO. IT REALLY HELPS THAT OUR NATIONAL TEAM IS SO SUCCESSFUL, AND NOW, BUT I'VE PLAYED FOR SUCH A LONG TIME AND MANY YOUNG GIRLS IN BASKETBALL DREAM OF PLAYING FOR AUSTRALIA. THAT WAS A DREAM OF MINE NOW, AND IT WAS A REALISTIC GOAL BECAUSE OTHERS HAVE DONE IT BEFORE. IT'S GREAT THAT WE'RE ON TV. I THINK THAT VISUAL THEY GET TO SEE ALL THOSE WOMEN PLAYING AT HIGH-LEVEL BASKETBALL, PLAY IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES OR PLAY IN THE WNBA. WE TAKE OUR JOB SERIOUSLY BECAUSE WE ARE ROLE MODELS FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION. I ALWAYS STRESS YOU HAVE THE DAY TO DREAM. ONCE THAT WAS MADE. AND I DARED TO DREAM AND I DREAMED BIG. AND I HAVE TO PINCH MYSELF SOMETIMES BUT EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

PAOLA BOIVIN: THAT BRINGS ME TO THE STATE OF THE WBA. YOU PLAYED FOR PRAGUE, AND I KNOW THE REALITY FOR WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NOW, THAT'S WHERE THE MONEY IS NOW. HOW MUCH OF A CHALLENGE WHEN YOU WERE DOING THAT, IT WAS ALMOST YEAR ROUND.

DEWANNA BONNER: YES, THE WNBA IS CALLING, WHEN CAN YOU GET HERE? IT'S DEFINITELY A CHALLENGE. YOU MISS OUT ON FAMILY TIME. YOU MISS OUT THOSE WHO HAVE KIDS, YOU MAY MISS OUT ON SOME OF THEIR FIRST THINGS.BUT IT'S A GRIND. AND YOU HAVE TO GET THE BILLS PAID. WE JUST TAKE IT AND GO WITH IT, NOT MANY WOULD KILL TO BE IN OUR SHOES. WE'LL JUST TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY AND GO WITH THIS.

PAOLA BOIVIN: FOR THE COACH TO SEND AN ADJUSTMENT IT IS UNWISE THAT THE LEAGUE PEOPLE ARE NOT COMING IN ARIZONA. HOW DO YOU FEEL WITH THAT AND
ADJUST TO IT?

SANDY BRONDELLO: THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGE FOR ME IS I USED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE.

PAOLA BOIVIN: RIGHT.

SANDY BRONDELLO: I'VE BEEN DOWN THERE PLAYING YEAR ROUND, IT'S GRUELING AND TOUGH. I'M MINDFUL OF GIVING THEM REST WHEN THEY CAN. THAT'S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE HEAVY LANES GOING INTO A GAME BUT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU NEED TO PRACTICE, AND THEN YOU DON'T NEED TO PRACTICE AS HARD. I TRY TO LINT TO THE ATHLETES, I WANT THEM FRESH NOR THE GAME. BEN THERE, DONE THAT, AND FIVE YEARS IN RUSSIA, TOO, IT'S A HARD AND GRUELING SEASON, AND IT IS HARD TO MAINTAIN.

PAOLA BOIVIN: I IMAGINE THAT THE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE MUST BE PRETTY NEAT AS WELL. WHAT WERE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU SAW OR WERE DIFFERENT WHEN YOU WERE THERE PLAYING BASKETBALL.

DEWANNA BONNER: I PLAYED IN RUSSIA FOR FIVE YEARS, AND IT WAS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT WORLD THERE. YOU PRETTY MUCH WALK OUT EVERY DAY WITH SNOW UP TO YOUR KNEE CAPS. IT'S FREEZING. BUT YOU KNOW, THEY TAKE CARE OF YOU OVER THERE. THEIR TEAMS. THEY TRY TO DO AS MUCH AS THEY CAN TO MAKE YOU FEEL AT HOME. BUT YOU HAVE YOUR TEAMMATES WHO SPEAK RUSSIAN, AND YOU MAY HAVE A COACH WHO DOESN'T SPEAK ENGLISH. BUT THEY MAKE IT PRETTY EASY FOR US THERE.

PAOLA BOIVIN: I KNOW IT IS JUST A REALITY, WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE MARKETING STEP UP FOR THE LEAGUE FOR THE TEAM. DO YOU FEEL THAT WAY? I MEAN, MAYBE THEY COULD DO BETTER PROMOTIONS?

DEWANNA BONNER: I THINK THEY'VE DONE BETTER, HONESTLY, FROM WHAT IT WAS WHEN I CAME IN THE LEAGUE. BUT DEFINITELY I THINK WE NEED MORE. YOU SEE GUYS, I THINK MAYBE DURING THE SEASON WE COULD HAVE MORE COMMERCIALS, JUST DIFFERENT THINGS. BUT I THINK DO NEED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE
OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE IT GROW.

PAOLA BOIVIN: WHAT ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOU SEEN A GROWTH IN THE MARKETING OF THE PLAYER AND THE TEAM?

SANDY BRONDELLO: YOU KNOW, I THINK IT HAS, BUT IT HAS WAYS TO GO. WE HAVE SOME PRETTY AMAZING ATHLETES PLAYING IN THE WNBA. I'M PROBABLY BASED, HER STYLE OF VERSATILITY, AND WE NEED TO LET PEOPLE GET TO KNOW THEM. WE JUST SEE. "F" AM BEHIND THE SCENES, THEY'RE REALLY GOOD PEOPLE. OBVIOUSLY THEY'RE GOOD MOTHERS, AND WE'RE VERY HAPPY TO HAVE THEM ON THE PHOENIX MERCURY, AS WE SHOULD BE.

PAOLA BOIVIN: I'M GOING TO PLAY A LITTLE WORD ASSOCIATION. I'LL NAME SOMEBODY AND YOU GIVE ME A WORD OR TWO THAT YOU THINK. SANDY?

PAOLA BOIVIN: BE NICE.

DEWANNA BONNER: SANDY, AMAZINGS, AND ENERGIC, MAN. SHE'S ENERGIC FOR SURE.

PAOLA BOIVIN: BRITNEY GRINER.

DEWANNA BONNER: SILLY.

PAOLA BOIVIN: I HEAR THAT WORD OFTEN.

DEWANNA BONNER: SILLY AND MVP. SHE'S THE MVP.

PAOLA BOIVIN: AND TAURASI.

DEWANNA BONNER: THE GOAT AND A FRIEND.

PAOLA BOIVIN: DEWANNA?

SANDY BRONDELLO: VERSATILE. JUST ULTIMATE COMPETITOR. BUT GREAT PERSON.

PAOLA BOIVIN: DIANA TAURSI.

SANDY BRONDELLO: FEARLESS, RELENTLESS, AND SHE IS THE GOAT.

PAOLA BOIVIN: BRITNEY GRINER.

SANDY BRONDELLO: COULD BE THE GOAT BUT YES, MVP. JUST MATURED, AND JUST BRINGS
IT.

PAOLA BOIVIN: DEWANNA, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT HER VERSATILITY. AS FAR AS AMONG LEAGUES TWO-WAY PLAYERS, SHE HAS TO BE ONE OF THE BEST.

SANDY BRONDELLO: WITHOUT A DOUBT. TO BE 6'4", TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE BALL AND GUARD ANYONE FROM THE ONE TO FOUR. SHE DOESN'T LIKE THE FIVE. SHE DOESN'T LIKE THAT PHYSICALITY. SHE IS REBOUND,--SHE CAN REBOUND, SHOOT THREES AND CAN DRIVE. WE MISSED HER LAST YEAR, SO I'M EXCITED TO PUT ALL THE PIECES TOGETHER, AND THE MORE EXPERIENCE WE HAVE AS A TEAM, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO GET BETTER, BETTER.

PAOLA BOIVIN: DEWANNA, DO YOU SEE THIS TEAM GELLING AS THE SEASON GOES. IT SEEMS LIKE THIS TEAM IN FIGURE, PIECES ARE KIND OF COMING TOGETHER. DO YOU SEE THAT HAPPENING?

DEWANNA BONNER: OH, FOR SURE. WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE COME IN MAYBE A WEEK OR TWO AGO. FINALLY EVERYBODY IS HERE. WE DIDN'T HAVE EVERYBODY FOR TRAINING CAMP, BUT THAT FIRST GAME WAS AMAZING TO HAVE THAT GROUP WHO HAS NEVER BEEN ON THE FLOOR. I WASN'T HERE MYSELF LAST YEAR. SO TO PLAY THE WAY WE PLAY, OF COURSE WE HAD A SLIP UP TWO NIGHTS AGO, BUT I DON'T THINK IT WAS BECAUSE OF GELLING BUT LACK OF ENERGY. TO PLAY THE WAY WE WERE PLAYING RIGHT NOW WAS PRETTY AMAZING FOR US TO BE PLAYING AND SHARING AND COMMUNICATING, WE'RE ALL VETERANS. WE KNOW WHAT WE WANT WE HAVE A GOAL, AND WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT PRETTY WELL.

PAOLA BOIVIN: EVERY TIME I COME FOR A GAME HERE, I'M BLOWN AWAY BY THE FAN BASE. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE FAN BASE?

DEWANNA BONNER: TO COME BACK WHERE YOU'RE SO WELCOMED, THEN THE AMOUNT OF LOVE AND APPRECIATION. NOTHING CHANGED. JUST ONE OF THE BEST FEELINGS. TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE WANTED AND WELCOMED BY THE FAN BASE IS AMAZING. THEY DISSED ME SAYING OH, YOU SHOULD TAKE A YEAR OFFICE. THAT WAS JUST THE BEST FEELING. I HAD CHILLS. I MISS MY TEAMMATES THAT'S WHO I'M THERE WITH, BUT THE FANS TO RESPOND LIKE THAT AND REACT, AND WE GOT THE WIN. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I'LL REMEMBER FOREVER.

PAOLA BOIVIN: IT IS AN UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR THIS FAN BASE. THEY'RE INTENSE AND THERE FOR YOU GUYS.

SANDY BRONDELLO: THEY ARE, AND IT'S BEEN FROM 2009. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR OF THE W PAC. I EXPECTED THAT TEAM HERE. BUT I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE SUPPORT. AND THEN I THOUGHT THESE FANS ARE UNBELIEVABLE. WHAT A GREAT PORT IF BECAUSE THEY'RE SO LOUD AND SO PASSIONATE, AND THAT HAS NEVER CHANGED. THERE WERE SOME YEARS WE WEREN'T AS GOOD AS WE WANTED TO BE AND THEY STICK WITH US. THEY'RE THERE TO HELP US GET THAT VICTORY, AND YOU KNOW, WE'RE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THEIR SUPPORT.

PAOLA BOIVIN: I RECOMMEND ANYONE WHO HAS NOT COME TO A GAME TO EXPERIENCE THAT FAN BASE. IT IS A LOT OF FUN. THANK YOU BOTH FOR DOING THIS, AND GOOD LUCK THIS SEASON.

SANDY BRONDELLO: THANK YOU.

DEWANNA BONNER: THANK YOU.

TED SIMONS: AND THAT IS IT FOR NOW. I'M TED SIMONS. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU HAVE A GREAT EVENING.

Sandy Brondello: Head Coach, Phoenix Mercury
DeWanna Bonner: Guard, Phoenix Mercury

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