SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 29 (Ticker) --
Once Sheryl Swoopes
off, the Sacramento Monarchs pulled away.
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Postgame news conference:
collected 17 points and 10 rebounds and YolandaGriffith
also scored 17 points to lead the Monarchs to a 65-59
victory over the Houston Comets in the first game of their
best-of-three Western Conference semifinal series.
Swoopes scored her team's first 15 points as the Comets stayed
close. But Sacramento ended the opening half with a 14-6 kick,
building a 32-21 lead at intermission.
A basket by rookie Chantelle Anderson
capped a 6-0 spurt and
extended the advantage to 48-33 with just over nine minutes
remaining. Houston fought back and got within 60-59 with 23
seconds to play on a jumper by Janeth Arcain
But the Monarchs were 5-of-6 from the free-throw line down the
stretch as Smith and Griffith made two apiece.
Swoopes finished with 27 points and Arcain added 13 for the
Comets, who closed the season with losses in five of their last
six games. Houston hosts Game Two on Sunday.
chipped in 12 points for Sacramento.