SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 13 (Ticker) -- Edna Campbell's emotional return turned out to be a triumphant one for the Sacramento Monarchs.

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Campbell played her first game since being diagnosed with breast cancer and helped the Monarchs to a 59-51 victory over the playoff-bound Seattle Storm on Tuesday.

Campbell started every game a year ago for Sacramento but revealed her illness in March and has been undergoing treatment. Campbell received thousands of e-mails and notes when she made her announcement.

Edna Campbell's return was the highlight of Sacramento's victory.
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She entered the game a standing ovation with 14:28 left in the first half and the Monarchs trailing 8-7. The 5-8 guard left shortly thereafter but re-entered later in the half and recorded her first basket with 3:27 left for a 24-15 advantage. That basket came in the midst of a 17-0 run that Campbell capped with a basket for a 31-15 cushion with just under two minutes to play in the half.

Yolanda Griffith's basket gave Sacramento its largest lead at 45-26 before Seattle staged a huge rally. Lauren Jackson's three-point play pulled the Storm within 51-48 with 8:14 left to play.

The Monarchs responded with an 8-2 spurt, capped by four points by Lady Grooms.

Griffith led Sacramento with 19 points and Tangela Smith added 17. Campbell scored four points and was presented with the league's Community Assist Award before the game for her off-the-court work.

Seattle received 18 points from Simone Edwards and 12 from Kamila Vodichkova. The Storm will make their first playoff appearance when they host top-seeded Los Angeles in the opener of a first-round series.