It has been a horror run of injuries for the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women MVP since she first suffered a tear of her anterior cruciate ligament prior to the 2012 London Olympic Games, but over the past three games we have seen Taylor return to her free-scoring best.
After having her minutes monitored through the first 11 games of the WNBA season, the Mercury’s Australian Head Coach Sandy Brondello took the shackles off the 33-year-old and has seen some impressive numbers since.
Over the past four games, including two wins over Tulsa Shock sandwiched between wins over the Indiana Fever and the Chicago Sky, Taylor has averaged 17.5 points on a remarkable 60.6% shooting in more than 27 minutes per game as a starter.
These outstanding performances have helped lift Taylor’s season averages to more than 9 points per game at an improving 47% shooting from the field.
Currently on a five-game winning streak, the Mercury are sitting pretty on top of the WNBA Western Conference standings with an 12-3 record – the best record in the league.
There is a strong Australian link at the Mercury, with Jayco Opals star guard Erin Phillips joining the franchise after a trade from Indiana, playing a key role through the opening 15 games of the season.