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By ANDY LEFKOWITZ, STATS Editor

The Sacramento Monarchs have some unfinished business to take care of before beginning their postseason run.

On Monday night, the Monarchs meet the Houston Comets at Texas State University in San Marcos to close out the WNBA's regular season.

The teams were scheduled to play Friday in Houston at Reliant Arena, but the game was postponed before Hurricane Ike made landfall. San Marcos is located almost halfway between Austin and San Antonio, about 165 miles west of Houston.

Sacramento (18-15) has taken two of three from Houston this season, and looks to close out the regular season on a winning note after falling 77-69 to San Antonio on Saturday. Kelly Lawson was the only Monarchs player in double figures with 23 points.

Lawson, who is second on Sacramento in scoring (12.3), scored a total of 24 points in two games versus Houston this season. Nicole Powell leads the Monarchs with 13.4 points per game, but scored 18.0 in three games versus the Comets.

Regardless of what the Monarchs do in this contest, they will open the playoffs Thursday as the fourth seed in the Western Conference against San Antonio, which recorded the league's best record this season at 24-10.

Houston (16-17) will try to finish the season on a three-game winning streak and get to .500.

On Sunday, Tina Thompson had 26 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in the Comets' 79-76 win over Chicago. Mistie Williams had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Reneeka Hodges and Tamecka Dixon each added 12 points for Houston, which finished 4-13 on the road this season.

"We've been through a lot this season,'' Comets coach Karleen Thompson said. "Just with the hurricane and everything happening and games are up in the air. I'm proud of them just to stay focused and keep their minds on the game plan. We wanted to put everything behind us and just come play basketball.''

Thompson averaged 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds against Sacramento this year.

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