SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 31 (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Lynx appeared lost in their first game without Katie Smith.

One day after trading their best player, the Lynx shot just 37 percent and committed 21 turnovers in dropping a 67-54 decision to the Sacramento Monarchs.

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Minnesota struggled from the outset without Smith, a five-time All-Star and the league's all-time leader in 3-pointers who was traded to Detroit on Saturday.

The Lynx (11-13) made just 19-of-52 shots, trailed the last 35 minutes and by as many as 19 points in dropping their fourth straight game.

Sacramento (17-7), which is off to the best start in team history, was led by Rebekkah Brunson's 14 points and seven rebounds. Brunson also sparked a key 14-4 run over a seven-minute stretch in the second half that put the game out of reach.

Nicole Powell scored 10 points and Yolanda Griffith added eight and six steals for the Monarchs, who won their fourth straight contest.

Nicole Ohlde had 10 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost four straight games to Sacramento.