PHOENIX(AP) Diana Taurasi scored 31 points and Le'Coe Willingham added a career-high 26 as the Phoenix Mercury recovered after squandering a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and beat the Sacramento Monarchs 115-104 in overtime on Saturday night.
Cappie Pondexter had 22 points, six rebounds and six assists to help the Mercury set a WNBA record for the most points in a game, topping the 114 scored by Minnesota against Los Angeles on May 31, 2006.
"The strength of our team this year is going to be a lot of people getting involved and we like to score a lot of points,'' said Taurasi, who hit six 3-pointers and finished 11 for 20 from the field. "If we spread it around, we have six or seven people that can score 20 points any night. We just have to get to that point where we can trust anybody.''
The 219 points were also the third-highest combined total. Phoenix has been involved in the top five - the Mercury beat Houston 111-110 in three overtimes on Aug. 10, 2006, and they had a 111-109 win in two overtimes against Connecticut on July 6, 2007.
Taurasi scored eight points in overtime, including two 3-pointers in the first 1:18 of the extra period to help Phoenix (3-1) pull away. The Mercury shot 8 for 12 from the field in overtime.
"If we go hard the whole time they shouldn't be able to match us,'' Mercury coach Corey Gaines said. "In overtime I knew they were really going to be tired and we were fresh.''
Phoenix topped 100 points for a league-leading 15th time in franchise history, improving to 13-2 in such games.
Nicole Powell scored 15 of her 28 points in the fourth quarter for Sacramento (1-3). Kara Lawson had 16 points and eight assists.
The Monarchs played their second straight game without veteran point guard Ticha Penicheiro, who injured her thumb last Sunday against Seattle.
"That hurts us a lot for a lot of different reasons,'' Monarchs coach Jenny Boucek said. "One, she's a great defender and two she's a great leader for us and a stabilizer. To win on the road you have to have extreme poise and focus and that's where you miss a veteran like that in particular. "
Willingham shot 11 for 17 from the field, eclipsing her previous career high of 17 set last June 14 against Detroit.
Lawson's 3-pointer with 19.4 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 97. Pondexter missed an 18-footer with 2 seconds remaining.
"We felt good about our chances going into overtime,'' Lawson said, "because we were the team that had come back and quote unquote had the momentum and it just didn't work out for us''
Taurasi hit a 3 with 4:07 left in overtime, while Powell missed one for the Monarchs. Taurasi then came back with another 3 at the 3:42 mark to give Phoenix a 107-99 lead and Sacramento never got closer.
"In the overtime we could've easily let them come out with that energy that they're known for,'' Taurasi said. "But we kind of flipped it on them and we did it instead.''
The Monarchs trailed 84-68 with 8:02 left in regulation but Powell hit three 3-pointers and then her layup with 1:24 remaining got Sacramento within 95-92.
Sacramento won the opener of the teams' home-and-home set, 90-71 at home on Friday night.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- It was quite a weekend for Swin Cash.
Cash enjoyed a reunion with her former college teammates, scored an All-Star Game record 22 points and won the MVP award after she helped the Western Conference get back on the winning track in a 130-118 victory over the East on Saturday.
"This afternoon was just great," said Cash, one of five former UConn players in the game. "I was humbled to win the MVP. I want to thank my teammates not only for passing me the ball, but encouraging me in the fourth quarter to go out there and keep being aggressive."
Nicole Powell had 21 points, Diana Taurasi added 18 and Sue Bird had 16 for the West in the WNBA's highest scoring All-Star Game. Bird also had 10 of the West's 34 assists, both record marks.
Cash -- who played for the Huskies with Taurasi, Bird, and the East's Asjha Jones -- shot 10 for 16 from the field and added six rebounds and four assists. Her 10 baskets also set an All-Star Game mark.
"I look at it as a step in the right direction," said Cash, who had back surgery in March that forced her to miss most of training camp. "I don't feel that I'm at the point where I'm playing my best basketball. ... I have room for improvement and that's my focus, to get better every day."
Sylvia Fowles scored 17 points, Jia Perkins 16 and Alana Beard 14 for the East. Shameka Christon, Erika DeSouza and Candice Dupree added 12 each.
"It's fun," the East's Tamika Catchings said. "When you look at a game like this, you can critique all the things you did wrong. But a lot of us came into this with a game the day before. To have the All-Star experience is a joy overall."
Both teams had their highest-scoring outputs, combining to break the record set in the West's 122-99 victory in 2005 -- also at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The East's previous high was 103 points in 2007.
The West, which won the first six midseason contests before losing the last two, shot 52 percent, including 18 for 39 (46 percent) on 3-pointers. The 18 3s also set a record, along with Powell's five and the combined 29 for both teams.
"I'm glad the West was able to finally get another victory," Bird said. "This All-Star Game was definitely about scoring. Throwing that thing up. Nicole [Powell] did a great job, that's what she does."
Fowles had a crowd-pleasing dunk with 15 seconds left. The teams cleared the way for her with about 30 seconds to go but she missed her first attempt.
"Sue [Bird] looked at me with these big eyes like, 'Are you ready to do it? Are you ready to do it?' and I'm like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah!' " the 6-foot-6 Chicago Sky star said. "I was excited about it that I had a chance to do it in front of the fans and let them see that I can actually dunk."
The score was close until the final minute of the third quarter when the West began to pull away. Cash made two free throws, Charde Houston -- another former UConn star -- added two more, and Bird hit a 3-pointer in a 34-second span for a 99-92 lead.
Sophia Young had a jumper, and Houston made a driving layup in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to stretch the West's advantage to 103-93.
Dupree hit a 3, and Beard had a layup to pull the East to 105-100 with 7:51 to go, but that was as close as it got.
Powell, a late roster addition in place of the injured Lisa Leslie, made consecutive 3s to push the West's lead to 113-102 with 4:10 left.
After DeSouza's layup pulled the East within eight 34 seconds later, Cash had a layup with 3:15 left to restore the West's double-digit lead for good. The margin grew to 14 twice in the final minutes.
"You're playing with the best players in the world and we're just out there having fun," Beard said. "If we would have buckled down a little bit more defensively we could have won the game."
Leslie (2001), Tina Thompson (2002) and Deanna Nolan (2005) shared the previous All-Star Game record of 20 points.
Cash scored 14 points in the first half to help the West take a 63-60 lead at the break. Beard led the East with 12.