Monarchs in the Off-season

Most of the Sacramento Monarchs will not be taking much of a break during their off-season. Now that the 2008 WNBA season is complete, some Monarchs will head overseas to continue playing with hopes of staying in shape and improving their game. Here’s what some of the Monarchs are up to this off-season:


posted 5/12/09:
In two playoff games, Sacramento Monarchs guard Charel Allen recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds and one steal as Ceyhan Belediye (Adana, Turkey) ended its season with an overall record of 9-13. She finished the season with 184 points (8.8 ppg), 92 rebounds (4.4 rpg), 23 assists (1.1 apg), 20 steals (1.0 spg) and six blocks (0.3 bpg) in 492 minutes (23.4 mpg).

Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly helped Club Basquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain) win both of its games against Hondarriba in the 5-8th place semi-finals by tallying 23 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and one assist. Kelly finished the Spanish league season with 313 points (10.0 ppg), 186 rebounds (6.2 rpg), 44 steals (1.5 spg), 23 assists (apg) and seven blocks (0.2 bpg) in 946 minutes (31.5 mpg).

Sacramento Monarchs forward-guard Hamchétou Maïga-Ba helped her team, Gambrinus Sika Brna (Czech Republic), to an overall record of 27-11 after reaching the ZBL Finals. In 922 minutes (24.5 mpg) this season, Maïga-Ba recorded 411 points (10.8 ppg), 169 rebounds (4.4 rpg), 73 assists (1.9 apg), 19 steals (1.7 spg) and 10 blocks (0.3 bpg).

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro helped GEAS Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy) reach the quarter-finals in the Italian league and tallied 18 points, nine steals, seven rebounds and five assists during the playoffs. Penicheiro finished the season with 319 points (11.8 ppg), 135 rebounds (5.0 rpg), 113 steals (4.2 spg), 106 assists (3.9 apg) and five blocks (0.2 bpg) in 949 minutes (35.1 mpg).

Sacramento Monarchs forward Nicole Powell helped lead Fenerbahçe (Istanbul, Turkey) to win the Turkish league title as she tallied 42 points, 19 rebounds, seven steals and four assists during the playoffs. Powell finished the season with 175 points (17.0 ppg), 65 rebounds (4.1 rpg), 30 assists 1.9 apg), 25 steals (1.6 spg) and one block (0.1 bpg) in 451 minutes (28.2 mpg), including both league and FIBA games.

posted 4/1/09:
In three games played recently, Sacramento Monarchs guard Charel Allen recorded 25 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block for Ceyhan Belediye (Adana, Turkey). She is averaging 9.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.3 blocks in 23.8 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs forward/center Laura Harper played in one game last week for Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey) and recorded 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 7-of-10 shooting from the free throw line; she also tallied 15 rebounds as her team beat Fenerbahçe. On the season, Harper is averaging 17 points, 11 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 35.1 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly tallied 35 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and one steal in three games for Club Basquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain) last week. Kelly is averaging 10 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 0.7 assists and 0.2 blocks in 30.6 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs forward-guard Hamchétou Maïga-Ba has helped her team, Gambrinus Sika Brna (Czech Republic), to an overall record of 27-9, is currently playing in the ZBL Finals against USK Praha and also helped her squad reach the FIBA EuroLeauge Women Eight Finals. In 24.5 minutes per game, Maïga-Ba is averaging 10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.3 blocks.

In four games recently, Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro tallied 44 points, 20 rebounds, 24 steals and 13 assists for GEAS Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy). She is averaging 12.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.2 steals in 35.0 minutes per game this season.

In two games last week with Fenerbahçe (Istanbul, Turkey), Sacramento Monarchs forward Nicole Powell tallied 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Powell is averaging 21.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals in 28.2 minutes per game, including both league games and FIBA games this season.

posted 3/12/09:
Sacramento Monarchs guard Charel Allen recorded 15 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block in two games played last week for Ceyhan Belediye (Adana, Turkey). Her team faced Monarchs teammate Nicole Powell’s team, Fenerbahce, on March 4; Allen tallied 11 points and seven rebounds despite the loss. Allen is averaging 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.3 blocks in 24.0 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs forward/center Laura Harper played in two games last week for Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey) as the team went 1-1. Harper finished the week with 40 points and 16 rebounds, including a double-double (21 points, 14 rebounds) against Tarsus Belediye on March 4. Additionally, Harper played in the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game on March 8, in Paris, France, tallying four points, three rebounds and one assist. Click here for the full game recap; click here for the box score.

Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly tallied 24 points, 22 rebounds, six steals and three assists in three games for Club Basquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain) last week, including two mid-season tournament games. On the season, Kelly is averaging 9.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.7 assists and 0.3 blocks in 30.7 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro recorded eight points, six rebounds, five steals and two assists in one game played for GEAS Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy) last week. She is averaging 12.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.8 steals in 35.0 minutes per game this season.

For Fenerbahçe (Istanbul, Turkey), Sacramento Monarchs forward Nicole Powell recorded 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals to lead her team to a 3-0 record last week, including a win over Monarchs teammate Charel Allen and Ceyhan Belediye. Powell is averaging 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 29.4 minutes per game, including both league games and FIBA games this season.

posted 3/02/09:
In one game last week, Sacramento Monarchs guard Charel Allen (Ceyhan Belediye) recorded 12 points, one rebound and one assist. Allen is averaging 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.3 blocks in 24.1 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs forward/center Laura Harper played in one game last week for Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey), tallying nine points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist. She is averaging 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.3 assists in 36.8 minutes per game.

In two games last week, Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly recorded 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks for Club Basquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain). Kelly is averaging 10.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.6 assists and 0.3 blocks in 30.5 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro scored 45 points and dished out 13 assists in addition to grabbing 11 rebounds and eight steals in three games last week for GEAS Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy). She is averaging 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.7 steals in 35.7 minutes per game.

In league play for Fenerbahçe (Istanbul, Turkey), Sacramento Monarchs forward Nicole Powell tallied 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in two games. Powell also played in two FIBA EuroLeague Women Quarter-Final games and tallied 17 points, nine rebounds, six steals and three assists.

posted 2/17/09:
Sacramento Monarchs guard Charel Allen (Ceyhan Belediye) recorded five points, two rebounds and one assist last week as against Samsun Basketbol on Feb. 7. Allen is averaging 9.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.3 blocks in 23.6 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists for Club Baquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain) last week. Kelly is averaging 11.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 0.7 assists and 0.2 blocks in 31.1 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro scored 24 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 shooting from the free throw line in two games last week for GEAS Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy). Penicheiro is averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.9 steals in 35.1 minutes per game.

For Fenerbahçe (Istanbul, Turkey), Sacramento Monarchs forward Nicole Powell tallied a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds against Panküp TED Kayseri Koleji on Feb. 8. Additionally, she recorded four assists, three steals and one block.

posted 2/02/09:
In the last three games for Ceyhan Belediye (Adana, Turkey), Sacramento Monarchs guard Charel Allen has tallied 28 points, including 13 against Galatasaray on Feb. 1. Additionally, she has recorded 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

Sacramento Monarchs forward/center Laura Harper has scored 39 points and pulled down 22 rebounds in the last three games for Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey). She is averaging 18.0 points 12.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 37.5 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly has helped Club Baquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain) advance to a record of 10-7 as she tallied 19 points, 17 rebounds, five steals, three assists and one block in the last three games. Kelly is averaging 11.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 0.6 assists and 0.2 blocks in 30.9 minutes per game.

In her first game of 2009, Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro scored 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 shooting from the free throw line. She also recorded four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block as she helped GEAS Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy) improve to a 9-5 record.. Penicheiro is averaging 12.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 4.1 steals in 34.8 minutes per game.

Nicole Powell played in her first game in 2009 for Fenerbahçe (Istanbul, Turkey) and tallied 11 points, five assists and one rebound as she helped her team pick up their eleventh win in league play.

posted 1/12/09:
In 10 games played for Ceyhan Belediye (Adana, Turkey), Sacramento Monarchs guard Charel Allen is averaging 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.2 assists and 0.3 blocks in 24.3 minutes per game.

In the first two games of 2009, Sacramento Monarchs forward/center Laura Harper has scored 50 points and pulled down 37 rebounds in addition to tallying six blocks, four assists and three steals for Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey). Harper has pushed her double-double streak to five games (13 total) as she has helped her team to an overall record of 10-10.

Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly tallied four points, four rebounds and 1 steal in the first game of 2009 for Club Baquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain), helping the team improve to a 9-5 record. Kelly is averaging 12.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 0.5 assists and 0.2 blocks in 30.9 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro recorded nine points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists for GEAS Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy). Penicheiro is averaging 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.3 steals in 34.4 minutes per game in 13 games.

For Vomero Basket Napoli (Naples, Italy), Sacramento Monarchs guard Scholanda Robinson is averaging 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.9 steals, 0.4 assists and 0.3 blocks in 31.8 minutes per game. Robinson recorded nine points, five rebounds, three steals and one block in her team’s last game, a victory over ACP Livorno on Dec. 28.

posted 12/24/08:
Sacramento Monarchs guard Charel Allen is averaging 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.1 assists and 0.3 blocks in 23.0 minutes per game in nine games played for Ceyhan Belediye (Adana, Turkey).

Sacramento Monarchs guard A'Quonesia Franklin has helped the Solna Vikings (Solna, Sweden) to a 10-5 record – including league and FIBA games – by averaging 7.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals in 26.9 minutes in 15 games played.

In the last four games for Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey), Sacramento Monarchs forward/center Laura Harper has recorded a double-double in each: 19 points and 16 rebounds against Wisla Can-Pack on Dec. 10; 15 points and 17 rebounds against Panküp TED Kayseri Koleji on Dec. 13; 19 points and 18 rebounds against Nadezhda on Dec. 17; and 31 points and 19 rebounds (both of which tied season-highs) against Fenerbahce on Dec. 21. For the season, she is averaging 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists in 37.5 minutes per game.

In the last three games for Club Baquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain), Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly tallied 35 points, 17 rebounds and 10 steals as she helped her team win two of the three. Kelly is averaging 12.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 0.5 assists and 0.2 blocks in 31.6 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro helped GEAS Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy) improve to a 8-4 record as she is averaging 11.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.2 steals in 33.9 minutes per game.

For Vomero Basket Napoli (Naples, Italy), Sacramento Monarchs guard Scholanda Robinson is averaging 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 steals, 0.4 assists and 0.3 blocks in 31.6 minutes per game.

posted 11/26/08:
Sacramento Monarchs guard Charel Allen recorded a double-double – including a season-high 27 points and a season-high 12 rebounds – as her team, Ceyhan Belediye (Adana, Turkey) topped Monarchs teammate Laura Harper’s Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey), 81-78, on Nov. 23. Allen is averaging 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.0 assists and 0.6 blocks in 23.8 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard A'Quonesia Franklin has helped the Solna Vikings (Solna, Sweden) to an 8-3 record – including league and FIBA games – by averaging 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.0 steals.

In two games last week for Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey), Sacramento Monarchs forward/center Laura Harper tallied 18 points, 16 rebounds and two assists; for the season, she is averaging 19.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.8 assists.

For Club Baquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain), Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly is averaging 13.0 points, 6.9 rebounds 1.2 steals, 0.6 assists and 0.2 blocks in 30.9 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro helped GEAS Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy) improve to a 5-2 record as she scored eight points, dished out seven assists and grabbed four steals and four rebounds on Nov. 23. She is averaging 11.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.7 steals in 35.1 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Scholanda Robinson tallied 10 points, three steals, two rebounds and one block in Vomero Basket Napoli (Naples, Italy) on Nov. 23. She is averaging 13.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.4 steals, 0.6 assists and 0.4 blocks in 33.4 minutes per game.

posted 11/18/08:
Sacramento Monarchs guard Charel Allen tallied 18 points, eight rebounds, three steals and one block in Ceyhan Belediye’s (Adana, Turkey) loss to Samsun Basketbol on Nov. 9. She is averaging 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.5 assists in 20.5 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard A'Quonesia Franklin has helped the Solna Vikings (Solna, Sweden) to a 6-3 record – including league and FIBA games – by averaging 9.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.9 assists.

Sacramento Monarchs forward/center Laura Harper has recorded a double-double in all but two games as she has helped Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey) to a 6-3 mark (league and FIBA match-ups). In the last three games, Harper has recorded 63 points, 32 rebounds and five blocks.

Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double for Club Baquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain) on Nov. 15 as her squad picked up its sixth win of the season. Kelly is averaging 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds 1.3 steals, 0.6 assists and 0.3 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro, who plays for GEAS Sesto San Giovanni in Milan, Italy, is averaging 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.7 steals and 0.2 blocks in 35.8 minutes per game as she has helped the team to a 4-2 mark.

For Fenerbahce (Istanbul, Turkey), Sacramento Monarchs forward Nicole Powell is averaging 13.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 32.0 minutes per game as she has helped her team to a 3-2 record.

In six games for Vomero Basket Napoli (Naples, Italy), Sacramento Monarchs guard Scholanda Robinson is averaging 14.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 0.7 assists and 0.3 blocks in 32.7 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs forward DeMya Walker joined CCC Polkowice in Poland and has recorded 15 points, nine rebounds, six steals and two assists in three games played.

posted 11/05/08:
In three games with Ceyhan Belediye (Adana, Turkey), Sacramento Monarchs guard Charel Allen has averaged 6.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.3 assists in 19.0 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard A’Quonesia Franklin has played in five games for the Solna Vikings (Solna, Sweden) and is averaging 9.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 3.0 steals per game. She has scored a season-high 13 points twice, most recently against Université BC Neuchâtel on Oct. 29.

Sacramento Monarchs forward/center Laura Harper has recorded a double-double in five of six games played with Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey), three of which came in FIBA EuroLeague play. Harper is averaging 21.0 points, 13 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.7 steals and 0.8 assists in 39.3 minutes per game.

In six games with Club Baquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain), Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly has scored 76 points – including 21 against Ciudad Ros Casares on Oct. 25 – on 22-of-40 (.550) shooting from the floor and 26-of-37 (.703) shooting from the charity stripe. Additionally, she has pulled down 39 rebounds (6.5 per game) as she helped C.B. Olsea to a 4-2 record.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro, who plays for GEAS Sesto San Giovanni in Milan, Italy, is averaging 10.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 4.3 steals and 0.3 blocks in 36.0 minutes per game. Penicheiro grabbed 10 rebounds and seven steals in addition to dishing out four assists in the Nov. 2 match-up against fellow Monarchs guard Scholanda Robinson and Napoli Basket Vomero.

For Fenerbahce (Istanbul, Turkey), Sacramento Monarchs forward Nicole Powell is averaging 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 31.0 minutes per game.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Scholanda Robinson scored 28 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field – including 4-of-7 from behind the arc – and 2-of-2 shooting from the free throw line as her squad, Vomero Basket Napoli (Naples, Italy), fell to GEAS Sesto San Giovanni. She is averaging 15.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.3 assists in 32.3 minutes per game.


posted 10/17/08:
Sacramento Monarchs guard A’Quonesia Franklin played 22 minutes for the Solna Vikings (Solna, Sweden) in the win over Eskilstuna Basket on Oct. 14 and recorded 13 points on 2-of-7 shooting from the field including 1-of-4 from the three-point line. She also pulled down two rebounds, dished out two assists and grabbed three steals as the Vikings improved to 2-0.

Sacramento Monarchs forward/center Laura Harper recorded a double-double in her first game with Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey), the first game of the qualifying round of the FIBA EuroCup, as she scored 18 points and pulled down 13 boards in 36 minutes against Bourges Basket. She shot 7-of-14 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line while also tallying three blocks.

In three games with Club Baquet (C.B.) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain), Sacramento Monarchs forward Crystal Kelly has scored 34 points – including 15 against Mann Filter Zaragoza on Oct. 8 – on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor and 8-of-14 shooting from the charity stripe. Additionally, she has pulled down 13 rebounds as she helped C.B. Olsea to a 3-0 start.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro, who plays for GEAS Sesto San Giovanni in Milan, Italy, scored 15 points including a perfect night from the free throw line (6-of-6) against Lavezzini Parma on Oct. 12. Penicheiro also recorded four rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes.

In the first game of the qualifying round of the FIBA EuroCup, Sacramento Monarchs forward Nicole Powell recorded 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal as her squad, Fenerbahce (Istanbul, Turkey), picked up a 76-68 win over TEO Vilnius.

Sacramento Monarchs guard Scholanda Robinson scored 10 points on 2-of-7 shooting from the floor and 4-of-4 shooting from the free throw line in her first game with Vomero Basket Napoli (Naples, Italy). She also recorded one rebound and one assist in the Oct. 12 game against Liomatic Umbertide.


Charel Allen Charel Allen is playing for Ceyhan Belediye (Adana, Turkey).
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Laura Harper Laura Harper is playing for Besiktas Cola Turka (Istanbul, Turkey).
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Crystal Kelly Crystal Kelly is playing for Club Basquet (CB) Olsea (Barcelona, Spain).
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Hamchétou Maïga-Ba Hamchétou Maïga-Ba is playing for Gambrinus Sika Brna (Czech Republic).
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Ticha Penicheiro Ticha Penicheiro is playing for GEAS Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy).
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Nicole Powell Nicole Powell is playing for Fenerbahce (Istanbul, Turkey).
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