Posted: Jul 18, 2014 7:00 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2014 7:01 PM
PHOENIX (AP) The desert is a perfect place for this year's WNBA All-Star Game. It's where the most dominating basketball in the league has been played this season
The Phoenix Mercury enter the All-Star break on a franchise-record 12-game winning streak and have compiled a gaudy 18-3 record.
Mercury stars Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner are starters for the West in Saturday's game, with teammate Candice Dupree among the reserves.
Taurasi makes her seventh All-Star appearance. Griner was supposed to start as a rookie last year but sat out the game because of injury. She enters the game off her second dunk of the season Tuesday night.
East All-Star reserve Chiney Ogwumike, a rookie with Connecticut, says the Mercury "are a great measuring stick" for the rest of the WNBA.