Pondexter tossed from game in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — New York's Cappie Pondexter was ejected for smacking former teammate Penny Taylor in the face during the Liberty's game against the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday night.

Pondexter, who won the WNBA title with the Mercury last season, struck Taylor as she drove to the basket for a layup. Taylor got up and looked as if she would retaliate, but players and officials got in between the two.

Pondexter was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and Taylor received a technical with 9:06 left in the third quarter.

Pondexter, who played her first three seasons in Phoenix and was the most valuable player of the 2007 WNBA Finals, was part of a three-team trade that sent her to New York and Chicago’s Candice Dupree to Phoenix.