HOUSTON, Sept. 2 (Ticker) -- Ticha Penicheiro's
only basket of the game
came at the best time.
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Ticha Penicheiro goes to the bank:
Michelle Snow goes up strong:
Postgame news conference:
Penicheiro nailed a driving runner with 2.8 seconds left to lift
the Sacramento Monarchs to a 70-68 victory over the Houston
Comets in Game Three of their Western Conference semifinal
Sacramento posted the second playoff series triumph in franchise
history and advanced to meet the two-time defending champion
Los Angeles Sparks in the conference finals. The Monarchs host
Game One on Friday.
Penicheiro took an inbounds pass from rookie Kara Lawson
eight seconds left and went to work on Houston's Ukari Figgs
Penicheiro drove past Figgs and banked home a layup to snap a
Houston had a final chance, but Sheryl Swoopes
failed to get a
shot off before time expired. The Comets, who won the first
four championships, have lost three straight playoff series
since their last title in 2000.
collected 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead
Sacramento. DeMya Walker
scored 15 points and Edna Campbell
added 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
scored 21 points and Michelle Snow
and 15 rebounds for Houston, which trailed by as many as 14
points. Swoopes, who suffered a right ankle injury late in the
game and returned, netted 15 points.