Marta Fernandez scored 16 points to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 91-71 WNBA preseason victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday.
The Sparks, playing their preseason opener, jumped to a seven-point lead in the first quarter and never trailed.
Kelly Mazzante, chosen by Phoenix in the Charlotte dispersal draft, scored 16 points, including going 4-for-7 on 3-pointers.
Crystal Smith and Carrie Moore added 11 points apiece for the Mercury, who are without stars Diana Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter and Penny Taylor. The three have yet to arrive from other basketball commitments.
Phoenix is 0-2 in the preseason.
• Arizona State junior Mindy Cowles has been named the Pac-10 softball player of the week for May 1-7.
Cowles found her power stroke last week in leading the Sun Devils’ offense to 18 runs in three games vs. Oregon and Oregon State.
Half of the 18 runs were driven home by Cowles, who slugged four home runs over the weekend, becoming the Arizona State career home run leader in the process.
• Lynley Wasson and Jennifer Mota of Mesa Community College lost their quarterfinal singles matches Tuesday as did the three MCC doubles teams on the second day of play at the NJCAA Division I Women’s national tournament in Tucson.
Chelsea Schultz was the lone winner for the Thunderbirds with a second-round victory in the consolation bracket.
Mesa is in 10th place among the 39 teams in the tournament.