Los Angeles 63, Sacramento 61
Sparks Slip Past Monarchs, Improve to 5-0
LOS ANGELES, June 5 (Ticker) -- The Sacramento Monarchs could have used Yolanda Griffith in the final 10 seconds.
Sacramento had a chance for its first win over Los Angeles since June 11, 2000 when it pulled within 60-59 on Edna Campbell's 3-pointer with 86 seconds left.
After Latasha Byears missed two free throws for the Sparks, Griffith suffered a laceration to the left side of her face while driving to the basket. She missed a layup and Lisa Leslie secured the rebound with 10.2 seconds left.
Griffith left the floor and did not return. Leslie buried 1-of-2 free throws to give the Sparks a 61-59 edge.
Sacramento rookie Kara Lawson was called for an offensive foul and Dixon added two free throws for a 63-59 lead at 3.3 seconds.
Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro made a layup at the other end and was fouled by Leslie with 1.6 seconds to go. She intentionally missed the free throw and Lawson's follow shot missed as time expired.
Leslie, who battled foul trouble, had 10 points and 12 rebounds for her fifth straight double-double to start the season.
DeMya Walker scored 15 points and Campbell added 12 for the Monarchs, who have lost three of their first four road games.
Penicheiro had 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds, but Griffith, who was held scoreless in the first half, managed only six points - 13 below her season average.