Sacramento 86, Minnesota 59
Monarchs Top Lynx for Seventh Straight Win
MINNEAPOLIS, July 22, 2006 (Ticker) -- Sacramento Monarchs coach John Whisenant had to be pleased with the balanced attack from his team.
Nicole Powell and Erin Buescher scored 12 points apiece and Kristin Haynie added 11 as the Monarchs posted their seventh consecutive win, an 86-59 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.
A former Lynx forward, Buescher made all of her five shots and scored five consecutive Sacramento points late in the second quarter, including a three-point play for a 31-19 lead with 3:40 to go before halftime.
Former league MVP Yolanda Griffith and Scholanda Dorrell scored nine points apiece and Hamchetou Maiga-Ba and DeMya Walkereach added eight for the Monarchs, who limited Minnesota to 10 first-quarter points and had a 23-11 edge in assists.
Minnesota rookie Seimone Augustus, the league's second-leading scorer, made 9-of-18 shots and scored 20 points. Adrian Williams added 12 points off the bench for the Lynx, who missed all seven 3-point attempts and suffered their seventh straight loss to Sacramento.
Next Games: The Sacramento Monarchs play at Indiana on Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. ET and the Minnesota Lynx play at Charlotte on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.