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Pettis Sends Mercury Soaring

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Bridget Pettis scored a franchise record 27 points as the Phoenix Mercury beat the visiting Charlotte Sting 78-63 on Friday night.

Jennifer Gillom added 17 points and Michele Timms had 13 points and eight assists for the Mercury (15-12), the Western Conference leader. Andrea Congreaves led Charlotte (14-13) with 13 points and Vicky Bullett added 12.

Pettis was 10 for 15 from the field, including a 3-for-6 performance from 3-point range, and made all four of her free-throw attempts.

Mercury 78, Sting 63 At Phoenix

Charlotte (63) - Bullett 6-8 0-0 12, Congreaves 6-7 0-0 13, Mapp 2-7 0-2 4, Levesque 3-4 0-0 9, Stinson 2-11 4-6 8, Manning 1-3 0-0 2, Suber 4-6 0-0 9, Moore 2-6 0-0 4, HopsonShelton 1-1 0-0 2, Artis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-53 4-8 63.

Phoenix (78) - Webb 1-3 2-3 4, Foster 4-6 2-2 10, Gillom 7-11 3-3 17, Pettis 10-15 4-4 27, Timms 3-8 4-4 13, Askamp 2-5 1-1 5, Hagiwara 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Lieberman-Cline 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-53 16-17 78.

Halftime Phoenix 40, Charlotte 29. 3-Point goals-Charlotte 5-13 (Levesque 3-4, Congreaves 1-2, Suber 1-3, Mapp 0-1, Stinson 0-1, Moore 0-2), Phoenix 6-11 (Timms 3-4, Pettis 3-6, Hagiwara 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Charlotte 27 (Stinson 6), Phoenix 29 (Gillom 5). Assists-Charlotte 19 (Stinson 7), Phoenix 28 (Timms 8). Total fouls-Charlotte 17, Phoenix 12. A-15,114.

Sparks 88, Monarchs 77 At Inglewood, Calif.

Los Angeles won to set up a Western Conference title showdown at Phoenix on Sunday.

Sacramento (77) - Gordon 6-15 2-3 14, Byears 6-19 7-9 19, McGee 5-12 1-2 11, Bolton-Holifield 5-15 0-0 12, Tremitiere 3-12 3-5 10, Abraham 1-3 0-0 2, Yasen 2-2 0-0 4, Savasta 1-3 2-2 5, Graves 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 29-84 15-21 77.

Los Angeles (88) - Zheng 10-11 1-4 21, Colleton 2-4 2-2 6, Leslie 5-9 2-5 12, Toler 8-13 3-4 19, Dixon 1-2 2-2 4, Burgess 5-9 4-4 14, Charles 1-2 0-0 2, Wideman 1-4 2-2 4, Burge 2-5 1-1 5, Mabika 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 35-60 18-26 88.

Halftime-Los Angeles 54, Sacramento 32. 3-Point goals- Sacramento 4-15 (Bolton-Holifield 2-6, Savasta 1-2, Tremtiere 1-4, Gordon 0-1, Byears 0-1, McGee 0-1), Los Angeles 0-2 (Leslie 0-1, Toler 0-1). Fouled out-McGee. Rebounds-Sacramento 49 (Bolton-Holifield 8), Los Angeles 45 (Leslie 12). Assists- Sacramento 16 (Tremtiere 6), Los Angeles 24 (Toler 8). Total fouls-Sacramento 23, Los Angeles 20. A-10,975.

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