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Full Court Press: Lilley in the Playoffs

Sept. 1, 2010

Former Oregon guard Taylor Lilley and the Phoenix Mercury will begin play in the Western Conference Finals of the WNBA playoffs on Thursday.

The Mercury will play a best-of-three series with the Seattle Storm, beginning at 7 p.m. PT (NBATV) from Key Arena on Thursday. Game two is set for 12 p.m. PT (ABC) from US Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz. If necessary, game three is set for a 7 p.m. (NBATV) tip from Seattle on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The Mercury reached the conference finals after sweeping San Antonio in the conference semifinals. Lilley made an appearance in both playoff games.

Check out this video of the Mercury Bench Routine featuring Taylor Lilley.

And that's not all. Here is one more video: Minute with the Mercury featuring Taylor Lilley.

Phoenix, the defending 2009 WNBA champion, is coached by Corey Ganies, who took over for current Oregon women’s basketball head coach Paul Westhead following the 2007 season after Westhead led the Mercury to its first WNBA championship.

Lilley signed a free-agent contract with the Mercury after a tryout period in May.

The three-point specialist left Oregon as undoubtedly the program’s most prolific 3-point shooter. Under Westhead’s uptempo system, the senior set a trio of records with the Ducks, and left the women’s basketball program with the single-game (9), single-season (124) and career (270) records for 3-pointers.

During the 2009-10 season, Lilley averaged a team-leading and career-high 17.7 points per game, prompting her selection to the Pac-10 all-conference team for the second time in her career. The fourth-year senior was also voted Team MVP by her Oregon teammates.

The Newhall, Calif., native’s 124 3-pointers during the 2009-10 season led the country, and ranked third all-time in NCAA single-season history. The total was also a new Pac-10 single-season record as Lilley became the first player in conference history to reach triple digits from behind the arc. Lilley’s 270 career 3-pointers rank third all-time in the Pac-10.

Lilley scored 601 points during her senior year, a number that ranks fifth in Oregon single-season history. She closed her career with the Ducks having scored 1,415 career points, which ranks seventh all-time. During her tenure, Lilley posted 69 double-figure scoring games, which included 26 games of 20 points or more, and three games of 30 points or more. She also led the Ducks in scoring 44 times during her career.