Aug 22, 2013
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AUBURN, Ala. - Former Auburn women's basketball players DeWanna Bonner and Le'Coe Willingham continue to play in the third month of the 2013 WNBA season. Bonner and the Phoenix Mercury are currently 14-12 on the season; while Willingham and the Atlanta Dream are currently 14-9.
Bonner and the Mercury currently have won four of their last five games since head coach Russ Pennell took over. Phoenix had back to back home games against Tulsa, resulting in 70-67 and 77-56 wins. Bonner scored three points, grabbed two rebounds and tallied three steals in the first match up against Tulsa. In the second game against the Shock, Bonner scored 21 points, grabbed four rebounds and tallied two steals.
In the third straight win, Bonner scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds, tallied three steals and handed out one assist in the 75-58 win over Indiana.
The streak ended with a close 82-88 loss at San Antonio. Despite the loss, Bonner scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds, handed out three assists, and blocked a career-high five shots in the game. Most recently, Bonner and the Mercury once again defeated the Tulsa Shock with a close 89-86 win. In the win against the Shock, Bonner scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds, and handed out one assist. Bonner and the Mercury are currently third in the Western conference. She is currently averaging 15.2 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 2.5 assists per game.
After losing four straight, Willingham and the Dream have rebounded to win their last three games.
In an 88-57 win over Connecticut, Willingham scored seven points, grabbed two rebounds and handed out two assists. In the 76-58 win against Washington, Willingham scored a season-high eight points, grabbed four rebounds, tallied a steal and a block. In the 88-75 win against Minnesota, Willingham played totaled four rebounds and one block.
Willingham is currently averaging 3.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. The Dream remains second in the Eastern conference.
Bonner and the Mercury will return to action at home on Friday against Seattle at 9 p.m., and August 31 against Connecticut at 9 p.m. Both games can be viewed on WNBA Live Access and NBA-TV. Willingham and the Dream will return to action Friday at Washington at 6 p.m. on WNBA Live Access, and Saturday against Chicago at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.