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July 5, 2001 | MIKE TERRY
Maura McHugh didn't plan on being the coach of the Sacramento Monarchs this season. But she is no novice when it comes to coaching winning basketball. After her playing days at Old Dominion, McHugh worked five years at Penn State as a graduate assistant and assistant coach. As coach at Penn State, Oklahoma and Arizona State, she compiled a 249-157 record.
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September 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Katie Smith has won an Olympic gold medal, an American Basketball League title and scored 5,000 points in the pros. Entering this season, though, her potential Hall of Fame resume lacked one crucial element: a WNBA championship. Check. Smith scored 17 points and made two pivotal shots in the fourth quarter to secure the Detroit Shock's 80-75 victory over the defending champion Sacramento Monarchs in the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.
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August 25, 2006 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
The Sparks can still get to the WNBA finals next week. But if they don't, Thursday night's 64-61 loss to Sacramento will be a big reason why. The visiting Sparks were in great position to steal Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in Arco Arena. They overcame a terrible start (missing their first 10 shots) to lead by two at halftime, built a nine-point lead in the third quarter on some unconscious three-point shooting by Mwadi Mabika, and still led, 49-43, with seven minutes to play.
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September 4, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Where Sacramento Coach John Whisenant saw a "rattlesnake," Detroit Coach Bill Laimbeer saw only a team that had "lost our brain." The defending champion Monarchs never trailed Sunday afternoon at Arco Arena and led the Shock by as many as 27 points in an 89-69 Game 3 victory that put Sacramento within one win of clinching the best-of-five WNBA Finals. "It was clear before the game started, we were going to be in trouble," Laimbeer said.
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September 4, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Where Sacramento Coach John Whisenant saw a "rattlesnake," Detroit Coach Bill Laimbeer saw only a team that had "lost our brain." The defending champion Monarchs never trailed Sunday afternoon at Arco Arena and led the Shock by as many as 27 points in an 89-69 Game 3 victory that put Sacramento within one win of clinching the best-of-five WNBA Finals. "It was clear before the game started, we were going to be in trouble," Laimbeer said.
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September 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Katie Smith has won an Olympic gold medal, an American Basketball League title and scored 5,000 points in the pros. Entering this season, though, her potential Hall of Fame resume lacked one crucial element: a WNBA championship. Check. Smith scored 17 points and made two pivotal shots in the fourth quarter to secure the Detroit Shock's 80-75 victory over the defending champion Sacramento Monarchs in the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.
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July 18, 2004 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
The post-Michael Cooper era began in earnest for the Sparks on Saturday. So did the uncertainty of playing without DeLisha Milton-Jones, who is scheduled to undergo surgery next week on her injured right knee. What hasn't changed yet is how close to the edge the Sparks have played at home this season, with five of the games decided by four points or fewer and three going into overtime.
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September 29, 2004 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
A loud cheer echoed throughout Staples Center just before the start of the Spark-Sacramento Monarch game as the home crowd fully enjoyed New York's knocking defending champion Detroit out of the playoffs. Little did they know that two hours later the other finalist in last year's WNBA championship series would also make a first-round exit. Sacramento completed the bicoastal night of upsets by beating the Sparks, 73-58, in front of a disbelieving crowd of 7,008.
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September 28, 2004 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
There will be stare-downs, chest bumping, shoves, flying elbows, and in the end both glorious celebration and utter devastation. Playoff games do that to people, especially the people who do the playing. Tonight's winner-take-all WNBA showdown between the Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs at Staples Center will be the third game of this best-of-three first-round series. But it feels like a Game 7.
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September 26, 2004 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
Although they watch as much game video as any WNBA team, the Sparks probably didn't want many reminders of Friday's blowout loss at Sacramento. Then again, maybe they need them all. Los Angeles didn't just run into a buzz saw Friday. The Sparks saw a Monarch team that not only outplayed them, it imposed its will on them offensively and defensively.
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August 25, 2006 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
The Sparks can still get to the WNBA finals next week. But if they don't, Thursday night's 64-61 loss to Sacramento will be a big reason why. The visiting Sparks were in great position to steal Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in Arco Arena. They overcame a terrible start (missing their first 10 shots) to lead by two at halftime, built a nine-point lead in the third quarter on some unconscious three-point shooting by Mwadi Mabika, and still led, 49-43, with seven minutes to play.
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September 29, 2004 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
A loud cheer echoed throughout Staples Center just before the start of the Spark-Sacramento Monarch game as the home crowd fully enjoyed New York's knocking defending champion Detroit out of the playoffs. Little did they know that two hours later the other finalist in last year's WNBA championship series would also make a first-round exit. Sacramento completed the bicoastal night of upsets by beating the Sparks, 73-58, in front of a disbelieving crowd of 7,008.
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September 28, 2004 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
There will be stare-downs, chest bumping, shoves, flying elbows, and in the end both glorious celebration and utter devastation. Playoff games do that to people, especially the people who do the playing. Tonight's winner-take-all WNBA showdown between the Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs at Staples Center will be the third game of this best-of-three first-round series. But it feels like a Game 7.
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September 26, 2004 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
Although they watch as much game video as any WNBA team, the Sparks probably didn't want many reminders of Friday's blowout loss at Sacramento. Then again, maybe they need them all. Los Angeles didn't just run into a buzz saw Friday. The Sparks saw a Monarch team that not only outplayed them, it imposed its will on them offensively and defensively.
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September 26, 2004 | Mike Terry
vs. Sacramento, 1 p.m., Channel 7 Site -- Staples Center. Record vs. Monarchs (playoffs) -- 0-1. Update -- The Sparks won 15 of 17 regular-season games at home. One of those losses was to Sacramento, however, so don't expect the Monarchs to feel any pressure. The Sparks will need some key performances if they are to avoid elimination. Mabika Mwadi scored 15 points Friday, but she missed eight of 13 shots, and got the bulk of her points when the game was out of reach.
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September 25, 2004 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
As the James Brown recording of "The Big Payback" blared from the Arco Arena sound system during the pregame warmups, the message the Sacramento Monarchs planned to send to the Sparks on Friday was loud and clear. The Monarchs considered it time to get some retribution for the previous playoff heartaches the Sparks have caused them. And once the game started, the Monarchs reinforced that message in a big way, routing Los Angeles, 72-52, in front of 8,426.
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September 6, 2003 | Mike Terry, Times Sports Writer
Back against the wall again. Or more accurately, backs against the wall again. It will take another home rally for the Sparks to keep on pursuing a third consecutive title because the league's best road team can no longer win there. A 13-4 on the road in the regular season, the Sparks are now 0-2 away from Staples Center in the playoffs after dropping a 77-69 decision to the Sacramento Monarchs in the Western Conference finals Friday night, before 13,986 at Arco Arena.
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September 7, 2003 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
The Sparks have spent so much of the 2003 season living on the edge it's a wonder there are no deep cuts in their sneakers. But having to repeatedly come back from the edge, as well as being two-time defending WNBA champions, has kept the Sparks at a high level of confidence, just one of the things they need to avoid being eliminated by Sacramento today. Another thing will be a 40-minute effort, something that has not always been in ample supply.
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September 23, 2004 | Mike Terry
A look at the matchups in the best-of-three, first-round WNBA playoff series between the Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs: GUARDS * The Sparks' Nikki Teasley (9.9 points per game, 6.1 assists per game) and Tamecka Dixon (9.7 ppg, 3.4 rebounds per game) vs. the Monarchs' Ticha Penicherio (6.0 ppg, 4.9 apg) and Edna Campbell (3.4 ppg, 0.90 rpg). Teasley displaced Penicherio as the league's assist leader this season. Dixon has historically been at her best in playoffs.
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July 18, 2004 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
The post-Michael Cooper era began in earnest for the Sparks on Saturday. So did the uncertainty of playing without DeLisha Milton-Jones, who is scheduled to undergo surgery next week on her injured right knee. What hasn't changed yet is how close to the edge the Sparks have played at home this season, with five of the games decided by four points or fewer and three going into overtime.
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