Sky-Monarchs Preview

It's difficult to explain why the Sacramento Monarchs can't seem to win at home, but haven't had any problems doing so on the road.

It's also hard to blame the Monarchs if they're eager to get out of town.

Sacramento will try to avoid going winless on a three-game homestand Sunday, when the Chicago Sky visit Arco Arena looking to end a three-game losing streak.

The Monarchs (5-6) appeared to be cruising after sweeping a three-game road trip through New York, Washington and Minnesota earlier this month, climbing above .500 for the first time since their opening game.

But they've since dropped consecutive home games, running their skid in Sacramento to three. The road team has won the last six Monarchs games.

Friday's 72-56 loss to Connecticut was the most lopsided game during the skid at home, as Sacramento shot just 34.4 percent from the field. Aside from Rebekkah Brunson, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds, the Monarchs were just 14-of-52 (27 percent) from the floor.

"I'm not sure if it was physical or mental but it just wasn't us," Brunson said. "Especially at home we know how we need to play and that wasn't it."

The Sky (3-7) also have been scuffling, losing six of eight, with the only two victories over that stretch coming against the winless Atlanta Dream.

They dropped their third consecutive game on Friday, 112-105 in overtime at Phoenix despite 30 points from Jia Perkins and 28 points and 12 rebounds from Candice Dupree. Chicago hasn't lost four in a row this year.

Aside from the wins over Atlanta, the Sky's other victory this year was an 87-77 win over the Monarchs in Chicago's home opener on May 22. Armintie Price had 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting for the Sky in that game, but Price has reached double figures just once in eight games since.

Chicago had star rookie Sylvia Fowles in the starting lineup in that game, but Fowles remains out with a knee injury.

Without their 6-foot-6 center - called "a presence in the paint as much as anybody in this league" by Monarchs coach Jenny Boucek - the Sky have been outrebounded by a combined 114-82 in their last three games.

The last time they visited Sacramento, the Sky beat the Monarchs 92-84 in double overtime last June 29, as Perkins scored a career-high 39 points on 17-of-24 shooting. The road team won both games in the series last year.

After Sunday's game, the Monarchs play consecutive road games at Indiana and Minnesota.

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