SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 4 (Ticker) -- The Sacramento Monarchs showed a national TV audience that they have Lisa Leslie's number.

Yolanda Griffith and DeMya Walker combined to hold Leslie to a career-low three points and Nicole Powell scored 22 points as the Monarchs routed the Los Angeles Sparks, 81-53.

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In their first home game of the season, the Monarchs (4-1) bounced back from their lone loss with a spirited effort against their Western Conference rivals. They held the Sparks to 33 percent (20-of-60) shooting and never relented as the final margin was their biggest lead.

Leading the way were Griffith and Walker, a pair of frontcourt players who smothered the 6-5 Leslie. The 2004 WNBA MVP missed all seven of her shots in 24 foul-plagued minutes as she never found a rhythm.

Leslie eclipsed her previous low of four points, also against Sacramento on June 3, 2004.

The Monarchs never trailed, racing to a 16-5 lead as Chelsea Newton scored seven of her nine points. Sacramento held a 40-23 halftime bulge, limiting Los Angeles to 9-of-32 shooting.

Griffith and Walker also contributed on offense with 17 and 14 points, respectively. The Monarchs shot 47 percent (29-of-62) and held advantages of 16-4 in fast-break points and 38-20 in points in the paint.

Chamique Holdsclaw scored 11 points and Tamika Whitmore and Tamecka Dixon added 10 apiece for the Sparks, who were eliminated by the Monarchs in the first round of the 2004 playoffs.