DeWanna Bonner and the Phoenix Mercury need one more win to clinch a playoff spot.
Sep 5, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - Former Auburn women's basketball players DeWanna Bonner and Le'Coe Willingham are in the final weeks of the 2013 WNBA season, looking toward the playoffs. Willingham and the Atlanta Dream are 16-13 and have clinched a spot in the playoffs. Bonner and the Mercury are 15-13 and trying to clinch the last spot in the West.
Willingham and the Dream recently started September with a 92-82 win against Los Angeles. Willingham scored a season high of 16 points, grabbed six rebounds, handed out two assists and tallied two steals.
Atlanta followed that win up with an 89-80 overtime win against the Indiana Fever on Wednesday that clinched a spot in the playoffs. Willingham started and had eight points and five rebounds in the win.
The Atlanta Dream is currently second in the Eastern Conference. Willingham is also currently averaging 4.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game on the season.
Bonner and the Mercury recently won 76-68 against Connecticut. Bonner led the team scoring with 22 points, grabbing five rebounds, handing out two assists and tallying one steal.
The win came on the heels of a 73-81 loss against Seattle in which Bonner scored 20 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out four assists.
The Mercury is now one victory away from clinching the eighth playoff berth in franchise history. Phoenix is currently third in the Western Conference with Bonner averaging 15.6 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game. She ranks 11th in the league in scoring and 15th in rebounds.
Willingham and the Dream will return to action at 6:30 p.m. CT, Friday as they travel to New York. The game will air live on MSG+. Bonner and the Mercury will host San Antonio at 9 p.m. CT, Friday with the game streaming on WNBA LiveAccess. The game is the first of Phoenix's final six games of the season while Atlanta has five remaining games.