Diana Taurasi, a former all-American at Connecticut, scored 17 points and had five assists last night to lead the Phoenix Mercury past the Connecticut Sun, 75-59.

The Sun plays just 30 miles from Storrs, Conn., where Taurasi was the biggest star for the three-time national champion Huskies.

"I know everybody at home was watching," said Taurasi, who scored 26 points in the Mercury's season-opening victory May 22 over the Sun in Uncasville, Conn. "But it's not that big of a deal."

What was a big deal was the 13-1 run that gave Phoenix a 56-40 lead with 10 minutes 8 seconds remaining. The Sun managed only a free throw by Wendy Palmer in a stretch of 5:46 and got no closer than 10 thereafter.

"I can't find much good at all about the game," Connecticut Coach Mike Thibault said. "They beat us on both ends of the court."

Plenette Pierson added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Mercury, which ended a two-game losing streak.

Nykesha Sales scored 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting to lead the Sun, which has lost two straight after winning three in a row.

* SHOCK 83, FEVER 79: Deanna Nolan scored 29 points and visiting Detroit rallied from a 23-point deficit. The Shock, which trailed 41-18 late in the first half, held the Fever without a basket over the final 9:49.

Swin Cash added 21 points and Ruth Riley had 12 for the Shock.

Kelly Miller scored 20 points for the Fever.

* COMETS 59, SILVER STARS 47: Sheryl Swoopes scored 20 points and Tina Thompson added 17 to lead host Houston.

The pair combined for 24 in the first half and held off a late rally as the Comets avenged a season-opening, 64-55 loss.

Adrienne Goodson scored 15 points for the Silver Stars, who have lost four in a row.

* SPARKS 82, STING 68: Mwaki Mabika scored 19 points as Los Angeles rallied at home.

Nikki Teasley added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the Sparks (4-4), who broke a two-game losing streak. Lisa Leslie scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. Charlotte Smith-Taylor led the Sting (2-5) with 17 points.