Carla Porter made a layup with 1.1 seconds left as the visiting Detroit Shock defeated the Cleveland Rockers, 73-71, last night before 5,895 at Gund Arena.

Korie Hlede and Sandy Brondello led the Shock (1-1) with 15 points each.

Merlakia Jones led Cleveland (0-3) with a career-high 24 points and Suzie McConnell Serio had 15.

Detroit opened an 18-point lead on Porter's three-point shot with 14 minutes 46 seconds to play. Eva Nemcova's three-pointer with 10:18 left got the Rockers within 59-46.

Jones hit two free throws with 1:43 left to put Cleveland ahead 68-67 and Brondello responded with a 15-footer to give Detroit the lead 69-68 with 1:20 to go.

McConnell Serio's three-pointer made it 71-69 at 1:09. Hlede responded with a 17-footer with 49 seconds to play to tie it at 71.

After Porter's basket put Detroit ahead 73-71, Nemcova's three-point shot bounced off the rim.

LYNX 78, STARZZ 54: Host Minnesota, the only expansion team to win its opener in the WNBA's two-plus seasons, made it two in a row.

The remnants of the two-time ABL champion Columbus Quest -- five of Coach Brian Agler's players joined him in Minneapolis -- will try to make it 3-0 against the two-time WNBA champion Houston Comets on Saturday at Target Center.

"They're a great team," Agler said of the Comets. "It's going to be a heck of a test for us. We just have to enjoy the day off we're having tomorrow and start Wednesday and get ready for them."

They were certainly ready for the Starzz.

Brandy Reed led the Lynx with 16 points. Andrea Lloyd-Curry had 14, Trish Fallon 13, Tonya Edwards 12 and Kristin Folkl 10 before a crowd of 8,497.

"They play like a veteran team," Utah Coach Frank Layden said. "They are players who played together and won. And the other league had superior talent to begin with."

Lloyd-Curry just shrugged at the 2-0 start.

"I can't say that I'm surprised," she said. "In Columbus, there were a lot of people who didn't believe in us and we were able to work hard and take people out of their games and we had some wins like we've had the last couple of nights.

"So, I'm not totally shocked. It's nice we could come out and get some wins."

Natalie Williams, who led the Starzz (1-1) with 18 points and was the only Utah player in double figures, said the Lynx's Columbus connections already are paying big dividends in the WNBA, which survived the duel between rival pro leagues when the ABL folded.

"It's a huge advantage," Williams said. "When they get Katie Smith back in the starting lineup, that will be five players from a two-time championship team. And he teaches a great system."

MONARCHS 74, MERCURY 64: Yolanda Griffith had 13 points and 18 rebounds as visiting Sacramento beat Phoenix for the second time in three days.

Griffith, who played in the ABL the last two seasons, had 31 points when the Monarchs opened at home with a 96-85 win over Phoenix. This time, she struggled with just four points in the first half, but made 3 of 6 shots and scored seven points in the first eight minutes of the second before 13,228 fans.

Kedra Holland-Corn and Ruthie Bolton-Holifield each scored 16 points, and Natasha Byears scored 13 for the Monarchs, who had lost their first eight meetings with Phoenix before winning the last two.

Jennifer Gillom had 29 points and 15 rebounds for the Mercury. Michele Timms, a vital part of the Mercury's offense, was 1 for 8, missing her first seven shots. Bridget Pettis, beaten out of a starting job at shooting guard by Edna Campbell, had 16 points for Phoenix.

CAPTION: Detroit's Val Whiting, right, takes aim at basket as Cleveland's Rushia Brown defends. Whiting had 7 points and 7 rebounds as the Shock improved to 1-1.