Sparks Top Mercury in Preseason Game

Los Angeles 91, Phoenix 71

The Los Angeles Sparks won their preseason opener and dropped the Phoenix Mercury to 0-2 in exhibition play with a 91-71 victory on Tuesday afternoon at US Airways Center. 

Marta Fernandez scored a team-high 16 points and added six rebounds to lead the way for the Sparks, who outscored the Mercury by seven in the first quarter, 12 in the second and eight in the third.  Making her debut for the Mercury, Kelly Mazzante, who was selected by Phoenix in the Charlotte dispersal draft, scored 16 points, including 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range. 

Crystal Smith and Carrie Moore each added 11 for the Mercury, who are still awaiting the arrival of Diana Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter and Penny Taylor.

Originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off, the game was moved to the afternoon to accommodate Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs at US Airways Center.