Diana Taurasi became the first WNBA rookie to start her career with three 20-point games, helping the host Phoenix Mercury to an 84-76 upset of the Seattle Storm last night.
Taurasi, the league's leading scorer with a 23.3-point average, finished with 22.
Anna DeForge was strong at the end of the game, scoring seven of her 24 points in the final 1 minute 13 seconds. Penny Taylor had 13 points and eight rebounds and the Mercury (2-1) won consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 7-11, 2002.
Sue Bird led Seattle with 22 points, and reigning league MVP Lauren Jackson had 20 and 11 rebounds, scoring in double figures for the 56th straight game. Betty Lennox added 13 points and Sheri Sam 10 for the Storm, which wasn't able to improve on its franchise-first 2-0 start.
Bird and Taurasi, who helped the University of Connecticut win the 2002 NCAA championship and will be reunited as teammates this summer on the U.S. Olympic team, played each other to a virtual standstill. But the Storm had no counter for DeForge, who matched her career high -- and helped preserve the win -- with five free throws down the stretch.
* STING 63, FEVER 41: Tammy Sutton-Brown had 16 points and seven rebounds as Charlotte, at home, held Indiana to a franchise low in points.
The Fever also lost its top scorer, Tamika Catchings, to a concussion. Catchings had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Fever (1-2), but was injured with 2 minutes 10 seconds left when she was hit in the face by Allison Feaster's forearm in a rebounding scrum.
A team spokesman said Catchings suffered a mild concussion, but was going to return to the hotel with the team. Her status for Tuesday's game at San Antonio is uncertain.
"We'll find out more tomorrow, but she took a pretty good knock in the face," Indiana Coach Brian Winters said. "Hopefully it is nothing serious and she'll be fine."
* SILVER STARS 72, MONARCHS 63: Shannon Johnson scored 15 points and had a dozen assists for host San Antonio.
The Silver Stars fell behind 8-0, but they went on a 17-8 run to take the lead for good midway through the first half. San Antonio built its lead to 17 points late in the game.
Adrienne Goodson led the Silver Stars with 17 points, while Marie Ferdinand had 16 and LaToya Thomas 12. Margo Dydek paced all rebounders with 10.
Thomas was activated from the injured list earlier in the day after missing the first three games with a left calf strain. She went 4 for 6 from the field in 28 minutes.