Kia Nurse for the win: Former UConn star sinks midcourt buzzer-beater for WNBA's Mercury

Phoenix Mercury guard Kia Nurse, shown on May 14 in Minneapolis, hit a last-second shot from midcourt Tuesday night.

Phoenix Mercury guard Kia Nurse, shown on May 14 in Minneapolis, hit a last-second shot from midcourt Tuesday night.

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And the shot of the year goes to … Kia Nurse?

The former UConn star pulled off one of the more remarkable plays of her career Tuesday night, draining a 3-pointer just inside halfcourt as the final buzzer sounded to lift the Phoenix Mercury to an improbable 84-83 victory over the Chicago Sky.

Nurse’s heroics came after she rebounded a miss by Kahleah Cooper with just seconds remaining. The 6-foot guard then darted up the court and eluded a defender before letting it fly. She was mobbed by teammates afterward.

The Canadian native seemed to be in disbelief over her game-winner, saying in her postgame interview on ESPN, “Brianna Turner told me to shoot it. I never make the halfcourt shot. Thank God this one went in.”

It also had social media buzzing.

“KIA NURSE HITS THE GAME WINNER,” TSN Canada simply tweeted, along with a video of the play.

“OH MY GOODNESS. WHAT A FINISH IN CHICAGO,” the Mercury’s team account wrote, echoing the call by ESPN’s Ryan Ruocco. “KIA NURSE FTW!!”

The NHL’s Edmonton Oilers tweeted, “The Nurses are actually a genetic cheat code.” Nurse’s brother Darnell is a defenseman on the Oilers.

Tweeted Turner, “KIA NURSE!!! Clutch!!”

The wild ending capped a strong performance for Nurse, who scored 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting. She also had eight rebounds and three assists.

Phoenix (4-3) jumped back over .500 with the win.

Nurse is one of four former Huskies on the Mercury, including the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi, Bria Hartley, and Megan Walker. But Taurasi (fractured sternum) and Hartley (torn ACL) are both currently sidelined with injuries.

At UConn, Nurse started 144 of the 147 games she played over four years. She averaged 11.4 points overall and 13.5 as a senior, emerging as a first-round draft pick of the New York Liberty.

Nurse played three years in New York and was an All-Star in 2019. She was traded to the Mercury in a three-team deal in February.

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