PHOENIX — Candice Dupree scored 16 points in less than three quarters and the Phoenix Mercury won their third straight game under interim coach Russ Pennell, beating the Indiana Fever 75-58 Wednesday night.
Dupree had 14 in the first half and a jumper during a key third-quarter stretch before sustaining a minor knee injury with 3:28 left in the period. She didn't return, but Phoenix (13-11) opened up an 18-point lead in the quarter and coasted from there.
Tamika Catchings had 16 points and eight rebounds for Indiana (11-12), which has lost two of three and played with just nine players due to injuries.
Diana Taurasi moved into fifth place on the WNBA career scoring list Wednesday, finishing with 12 points and 11 assists for the Mercury.
The Mercury have won all three games under Pennell, who took over after sixth-year coach Corey Gaines was fired on Aug. 8.
Dupree scored four points during an 11-0 run that gave Phoenix a 42-31 lead at the break. The Mercury made 16 of 27 from the field but committed 11 turnovers. Catchings had 12 points and five rebounds in the first half for Indiana, which was shut out over the final three and a-half minutes.
Indiana was just 9 of 38 from the field in the second half.
Brittney Griner had 14 points and eight rebounds, while DeWanna Bonner added 15 points and six rebounds for Phoenix, which is 7-1 against the Eastern Conference.
Taurasi, the WNBA scoring leader, has 6,018 career points. She made a layup in the first quarter to pass Lauren Jackson (6,007), who is sitting out the season after hamstring surgery.
The Fever played without Shavonte Zellous, their second-leading scorer at 15 points a game, who sat out a second game with plantar fasciitis.
Erin Phillips added 14 points for Indiana.