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Diana Taurasi leads Phoenix to victory

Diana Taurasi scored 23 points, including a 17-footer to snap a tie with 1:42 left, and Phoenix beat the Tulsa Shock 70-67 Friday in the debut of Mercury interim coach Russ Pennell.

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PHOENIX – Diana Taurasi scored 23 points, including a 17-footer to snap a tie with 1:42 left, and Phoenix beat the Tulsa Shock 70-67 Friday in the debut of Mercury interim coach Russ Pennell.

Candice Dupree scored eight of her 20 points in the fourth quarter for Phoenix.

Pennell took over Thursday after the Mercury fired coach-general manager Corey Gaines, whose five-year run included the 2009 title. Pennell spent the last four seasons as men’s coach at Division II Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Taurasi missed a baseline floater and Tulsa got the ball with nine seconds left and trailing by two points, but Shock rookie Skylar Diggins missed a driving layup.

“I thought it was very appropriate we had to win it on the defensive end with a stop,” Pennell said. “We made some careless mistakes that we have to correct, but overall I couldn’t be more pleased with the effort and the attitude.”

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