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Cooper says Mercury will rise

Updated: May 3, 2001, 12:45 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The WNBA finally made it official just before 7 p.m. Wednesday: Brandy Reed is suspended and the Phoenix Mercury is without the team's leading scorer and rebounder.

Tuesday night's signing deadline elapsed with forward Brandy Reed rejecting a $50,000 offer from the WNBA, which controls all player contracts.

Then team general manager Seth Sulka said negotiations were still going on and held out hope that Reed, a 2000 All-Star and the league's third-highest scorer, ...

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