WNBA Sneaker Watch: Fever, Mercury Advance

The Mercury celebrate eliminating the defending champions on Monday night.

words // Brandon Richard

With the Minnesota Lynx and San Antonio Silver Stars set to tip-off the decisive Game 3 of their semifinal series tonight, we’re on the verge of knowing the four participants of the 2011 WNBA Conference Final match-ups. The picture became clearer last night when the Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury picked up Game 3 victories in their respective Semifinal series against the New York Liberty and defending champion Seattle Storm. They join the Atlanta Dream, who swept the Connecticut Sun in a short two-game series earlier in the week.

The Fever’s series victory can largely be attributed to the performance of guard Katie Douglas, who outplayed New York’s Cappie Pondexter on both ends of the floor. In the series-clincher, Douglas scored 21 points, while holding Pondexter to 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting. Pondexter shot just 15-44 throughout the entire series with Douglas being the primary defender.

Phoenix’s series win was much more dramatic in the way it ended. The Mercury overcame an early 18-point deficit and game-changing ejection of Diana Taurasi behind a spirited second half effort from forward Penny Taylor to stay competitive through the fourth quarter. Then, with the game tied at 75 with 1.9 seconds left to play, Mercury forward Candice Dupree tipped in what would prove to be the game winner to send last year’s WNBA champions packing.

Before the Lynx and Silver Stars decide the last member of the final four tonight, let’s take a look at what basketball shoes are being worn in this year’s WNBA Playoffs.

WNBA Sneaker Watch: Fever, Mercury Advance

Maya Moore wearing Jordan Fly Wade

Maya Moore make a save in her Jordan Fly Wade PE.

Swin Cash wearing Nike LeBron 8 PSSwin cash shoots in the Nike Air Max LeBron 8 PS.

Tamika Catchings wearing Nike Zoom Kobe IIITamika pulls down a rebound in her Nike Zoom Kobe III PE.

Kalana Greene wearing adidas adiPure; Armintie Price wearing adidas adiZero InfiltrateKalana Greene shoots in the adidas adiPure; Armintie Price defends in the adidas adiZero Infiltrate.

Sue Bird wearing Nike Air Max Soldier VSue Bird attempts a layup in the Nike Air Max Soldier V.

Katie Douglas and Cappie Pondexter wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011Katie Douglas and Cappie Pondexter battled in Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 PEs.

Candice Dupree wearing Nike Zoom Kobe VICandice Dupree takes it to the cup in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin wearing adidas Pro Model ZeroTaj McWilliams-Franklin defends strong in the adidas Pro Model Zero.

Lauren Jackson wearing Nike Zoom Kobe IVLauren Jackson drives in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV.

Diana Taurasi wearing Nike LeBron 8 V2Diana Taurasi celebrates a Mercury victory in her Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V.2 PE.

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