LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (Ticker)
-- Lisa Leslie
and the Los Angeles Sparks
escaped with a win and now have the chance to defend their WNBA
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Leslie collected 26 points and seven rebounds as the two-time
defending champions advanced to the WNBA Finals with a 66-63
victory over the Sacramento Monarchs
Los Angeles captured the Western Conference finals in three
games, improving to 4-0 in elimination games this postseason.
The Sparks will open the WNBA Finals at home on Friday against
the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Shock
The Monarchs forged a 62-62 tie on rookie Kara Lawson
step-back jumper with 32 seconds left. After a timeout, Los
Angeles went to Leslie on the low block. The 6-5 center made
her move on the baseline and scored with 10 seconds to go.
Walker was fouled on a drive three seconds later and made the
first free throw, before missing the tying attempt. Leslie's
two foul shots with six seconds remaining made it 66-63 and
Lawson missed a running three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Monarchs made 12-for-17 foul shots, but Walker missed a pair
with 9:28 left to play and Tangela Smith
also missed two
with 3:45 to go to end the team's chances of making its first
trip to the WNBA Finals.