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Epiphanny Prince's jumper in final seconds lifts Liberty past Mercury

Phoenix Mercury guard Danielle Robinson (11) and New

Phoenix Mercury guard Danielle Robinson (11) and New York Liberty guard Sugar Rodgers (14) fight for a loose ball during the first half of their WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Phoenix, Ariz. Photo Credit: AP / David Kadlubowski

PHOENIX — Epiphanny Prince hit a go-ahead jumper with 4.5 seconds left and Sugar Rodgers blocked Leilani Mitchell on a drive to the basket just before the buzzer as the Liberty held off the Phoenix Mercury, 69-67, on Tuesday night.

Prince dribbled down the clock and used two high screens to sink the jumper from the wing.

“[We] build up a good play where Tina [Charles] set me a screen,” Prince said, “and Shavonte [Zellous] picked off the other [defender] and I was able to get an open look and was able to hit it.”

Prince was 10-for-14 from the field, including four three-pointers, and scored 24 points. Charles added 22 points and 11 rebounds for New York (2-1), which is ranked fourth in the AP power poll.

Phoenix (2-2) struggled offensively for much of the game without star Diana Taurasi. She was serving a one-game suspension for a level two flagrant foul in Friday’s game against San Antonio.

The Liberty led by 15 points with 2:47 left in the third quarter but Phoenix went on a 12-0 run and led 67-62 with 2:51 left. Prince hit a three-pointer and Kia Vaughn a hook shot to tie it with 1:42 left to set up the finish.

Brittney Griner led Phoenix with 19 points and six blocks.

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