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July 27, 1997 | EARL GUSTKEY
Opponent--Sacramento Monarchs. Site--Arco Arena, Sacramento. Time--6. Records--Monarchs 5-9, Sparks 6-10. Update--Moments after the Sparks had defeated the Mercury, 86-83, at Phoenix Friday night, interim Coach Julie Rousseau already was looking ahead. "What we want now is to beat Sacramento Sunday, come home and win three in a row," she said. Brave talk from a team that had lost five of six before edging Phoenix in overtime. Meanwhile, all is peaceful at the Sacramento Monarchs . . .
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August 16, 2009 | Associated Press
Candace Parker scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the Sparks rout the Sacramento Monarchs, 78-61, on Saturday night. Parker made her first six shots as the Sparks established a double-digit lead and never allowed the Monarchs to get to within 14 points in the second half. Noelle Quinn scored 14 points, DeLisha Milton-Jones 13, and Lisa Leslie had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Sparks, who broke a two-game losing streak. The win kept the Sparks (9-13) one game behind San Antonio in the chase for the fourth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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June 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
SACRAMENTO -- Tired from an overtime game the previous night and an early-morning flight, the Sparks needed a half to wake up against the Sacramento Monarchs. Candace Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Sparks, who rallied for a 74-66 win over the Sacramento Monarchs on Saturday night. "We had the overtime win Friday, then had to be at the airport at 7 in the morning, so yeah, we were tired," DeLisha Milton-Jones said.
SPORTS
August 15, 2009 | Mark Medina
Before the Sparks began a series of back-to-back games against the Sacramento Monarchs on Friday, Coach Michael Cooper told his players the following two games would likely dictate their chances of claiming a playoff berth. Following the Sparks' 85-79 loss to the Monarchs before 10,122 at Staples Center, Cooper told his team its postseason picture looks bleak. In his most frustrated tone during an inconsistency-filled season, Cooper reiterated the same point outside the locker room.
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July 9, 1999 | Associated Press
Ruthie Bolton-Holifield scored 20 points and the Sacramento Monarchs surprised league-leading Houston, 74-63, Thursday night before 9,505 at Sacramento, the two-time defending champion Comets' second loss in 13 games. It was the sixth loss in the last two seasons for Houston (11-2), which has gone 42-6 over that span. Other Games Sophia Witherspoon made four three-pointers and scored 22 points in New York's 84-49 victory in front of 8,018 at Cleveland. . . .
SPORTS
July 19, 1998 | From Associated Press
Cynthia Cooper scored 23 points as the Houston Comets won their 11th consecutive game, routing the Sacramento Monarchs, 75-44, Saturday night at Sacramento before 8,720. Cooper, the league's leading scorer, had 11 points as the Comets (16-1) led, 32-13, at the half. The halftime total by Sacramento (4-12) was a new WNBA low, breaking the mark of 15 set by Phoenix last season against Cleveland.
SPORTS
July 25, 1998 | Associated Press
Sophia Witherspoon scored 15 points and the New York Liberty pulled away in the second half to beat the Sacramento Monarchs, 76-54, Friday night at Sacramento. The Liberty (11-9), which won its third consecutive road game, scored the first six points of the second half. New York later went on a 9-0 run to take a 47-35 lead with 14:11 to play. After Sacramento (4-14) narrowed the margin to eight points, New York ran off 10 consecutive points for a 59-41 lead with 6:48 left.
SPORTS
July 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
With Ticha Penicheiro nursing a sprained ankle and Yolanda Griffith in foul trouble, Ruthie Bolton-Holifield stepped up and matched her own franchise record with 34 points as the Sacramento Monarchs beat the Washington Mystics, 79-74, Friday night before 14,176 at Washington. Bolton-Holifield, who sang the national anthem in a duet with Washington's Nikki McCray, scored 20 of her team's last 29 points, including two free throws that broke a 69-69 tie with 2:20 to play.
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June 5, 2001 | From Associated Press
Yolanda Griffith is finding her form. Griffith scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half to lead the Sacramento Monarchs to an 80-63 victory over the Liberty on Monday night before 12,262 at New York. Griffith, the league most valuable player in 1999, missed the preseason while leading her team to the Italian league championship last week. She joined the Monarchs Friday and played sparingly in the opener against Cleveland on Saturday.
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August 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
Yolanda Griffith had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the surging Sacramento Monarchs never trailed in a 76-70 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night at Sacramento. The Mercury (16-16) fell into a tie with the Sparks for the fourth and final Western Conference playoff berth. Phoenix has the tiebreaker advantage. Diana Taurasi scored 19 points for Phoenix but committed nine of the Mercury's 20 turnovers. The Monarchs have won 11 of their last 12 games.
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April 10, 2009 | Baxter Holmes
First, the good news for Courtney Paris, Oklahoma's four-time All-American center: She got a job. Her new title is center for the Sacramento Monarchs, who made her the seventh overall pick in Thursday's WNBA draft. Now, the bad news: being a female professional athlete pays about as well as the average American restaurant manager. Her first year's pay will be about $42,000, according to next season's WNBA rookie pay scale, with the amount inching toward $50,000 by her fourth season.
SPORTS
July 11, 2008 | From the Associated Press
SACRAMENTO -- The Sparks, playing in the second of back-to-back games, ran out of energy as the host Sacramento Monarchs pulled away in the second half for an 87-69 victory on Thursday night. Candace Parker, coming off a career-high 40-point game in an overtime victory against Houston on Wednesday night, looked sluggish in the opening quarter, getting two points and committing two of the Sparks' 10 turnovers. The Sparks finished with 27 turnovers for the game as Sacramento matched its season-high point total and broke open the game in the third quarter by outscoring Los Angeles, 29-11, to take a 15-point lead.
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June 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
SACRAMENTO -- Tired from an overtime game the previous night and an early-morning flight, the Sparks needed a half to wake up against the Sacramento Monarchs. Candace Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Sparks, who rallied for a 74-66 win over the Sacramento Monarchs on Saturday night. "We had the overtime win Friday, then had to be at the airport at 7 in the morning, so yeah, we were tired," DeLisha Milton-Jones said.
SPORTS
July 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Ticha Penicheiro scored 19 points and had six assists, helping the Sacramento Monarchs defeat the Sparks, 67-59, on Tuesday night. Not known for her scoring, Penicheiro scored 11 points and made several clutch baskets in the fourth quarter as the Monarchs clung to a slim lead and stopped a losing streak at three games. Nicole Powell scored 12 points and Yolanda Griffith added 11 for the Monarchs, who had dropped two straight to the struggling Sparks.
SPORTS
June 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Nicole Powell had 19 points and eight rebounds, Kara Lawson scored 14 points and the Sacramento Monarchs beat the Sparks, 88-85, Saturday night in their home opener. Ticha Penicheiro scored 14 points for the Monarchs, who hung on through a tight fourth quarter with balanced scoring after losing leading scorer DeMya Walker in the opening minutes with a right knee injury.
SPORTS
August 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Sacramento Monarchs made wide-open three-point shots, drove for easy baskets and challenged a lot of shots on defense. The defending champions put together an all-around performance and hurt the Detroit Shock with a record-breaking start in the WNBA finals. Kara Lawson scored 22 points, Nicole Powell had 21 and DeMya Walker had 17 -- each reaching career playoff highs -- to lead Sacramento past Detroit, 95-71, Wednesday night in Game 1, breaking finals scoring records for a half and a game.
SPORTS
July 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Ticha Penicheiro scored 19 points and had six assists, helping the Sacramento Monarchs defeat the Sparks, 67-59, on Tuesday night. Not known for her scoring, Penicheiro scored 11 points and made several clutch baskets in the fourth quarter as the Monarchs clung to a slim lead and stopped a losing streak at three games. Nicole Powell scored 12 points and Yolanda Griffith added 11 for the Monarchs, who had dropped two straight to the struggling Sparks.
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August 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Yolanda Griffith scored 17 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 14 and the Sacramento Monarchs advanced to the WNBA Western Conference finals with a 92-64 victory over the Houston Comets on Saturday at Sacramento. Ticha Penicheiro had seven assists and made two three-point baskets for the defending WNBA champion Monarchs, who won Game 1 of the best-of-three series in Houston before rolling into the conference finals for the fourth season in a row.
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September 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
After waiting for a championship since the WNBA's founding season, the Sacramento Monarchs finally won it all in style -- their own hard-nosed, defense-first style. Yolanda Griffith had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the Monarchs wrapped up their first title with a 62-59 victory over the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 of the WNBA finals on Tuesday night. Ticha Penicheiro had six assists and made a free throw with 9.9 seconds left for the Monarchs, one of the league's original franchises.
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