Jennifer Gillom had 20 points and six rebounds, and the Phoenix Mercury overcame a slow start to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 70-60 Sunday.
The Mercury (2-0) erased a 10-4 deficit after six straight points by Lisa Leslie had given the Sparks (1-1) their advantage. But after Leslie went out with her second foul, the Mercury went on a 15-4 run midway through the first half to take a 19-14 advantage with 9:04 left.The Phoenix defense held Los Angeles to just 29.6 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes (8-of-27). Phoenix scored the last 10 points of the half to take a 39-23 halftime lead.
Reserve Michelle Griffiths added 16 points for the Mercury on five-of-six shooting from the field.
Leslie finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Sparks despite foul trouble throughout the game.
Bridget Pettis added 12 points for Phoenix.
Tamecka Dixon had 14 points for Los Angeles, scoring nine straight late in the game before fouling out. Pam McGee also added 10 for the Sparks.