Mercury Defeat Monarchs, 78-63
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PHOENIX (AP) _ Jennifer Gillom had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 78-63 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs on Tuesday night.
Gillom had 11 points in the second half when Phoenix (5-2) pulled away.
Neither team led by more than five points until the final eight minutes. Phoenix then went on an 18-5 run to go up 66-53 with 5:55 left.
Kedra Holland-Corn had 19 points for the Monarchs (1-6), who were Western Conference finalists last season.
The Mercury made 13 of their final 14 free throws to hold off Sacramento, which missed 13 of its last 16 field goal attempts, all in the final six minutes.
Gordana Grubin added 16 points for Phoenix.
Mercury assistant coach Linda Sharp won her first game in place of head coach Cynthia Cooper, who remained in Houston on Tuesday after a surrogate mother gave birth to Cooper’s twins on Saturday.
Phoenix plays at Houston on Friday.
La’Keshia Frett had 14 points for Sacramento, while Tangela Smith added 11 and Ruthie Bolton 10.
Phoenix, which finished with a 34-26 rebound advantage, shot 40 percent (21-of-53) from the field, while Sacramento was 23-of-67 (34 percent).
Adriana Moises hit her third 3-pointer with 13:42 left to give Phoenix the lead for good and then Sacramento went cold, missing 18 of 23 shots from the field the rest of the way.