Diana Taurasi scored 22 points in her WNBA debut -- including a 50-foot bank shot at the halftime buzzer -- but Yolanda Griffith led the Sacramento Monarchs to a 72-66 victory last night over the Mercury in Phoenix.

Taurasi fouled out with 34.6 seconds left, falling a point shy of the record for a player in her first WNBA game.

Griffith had 17 points and nine rebounds as the bigger Monarchs dominated inside, out-rebounding the Mercury, 34-23.

Kara Lawson (West Springfield) added 10 points, including four free throws in the final 34.6 seconds. Ticha Penicheiro and rookie Rebekkah Brunson (Georgetown) also scored 10 apiece for the Monarchs.

Taurasi, the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft, made 7 of 13 shots -- including 3 of 6 from three-point range. She also had three blocked shots.

* STORM 88, LYNX 85: Lauren Jackson scored 31 points and Betty Lennox added 18 in her Seattle debut, leading the host Storm to a win over Minnesota in the opener for both teams.

Sue Bird added 17 points for the Storm.

* SILVER STARS 64, COMETS 55: Marie Ferdinand scored 20 of her 26 points to lead a second-half comeback by San Antonio in a victory over the Comets in the season opener for both teams in Houston.