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Griffith Propels Monarchs Past Mystics

Sacramento 70, Washington 52

WASHINGTON, May 22 (AP) -- Yolanda Griffith emerged from an early season slump to score 11 points, and the Sacramento Monarchs dominated the offensive boards to defeat the Washington Mystics 70-52 Tuesday night.

The Monarchs shot only 36 percent, but they had a staggering 25-5 advantage in offensive rebounds and outscored the Mystics 14-0 in second-chance points.

Griffith, who scored only five points combined because of foul trouble in Sacramento's first two games, had eight points in the 18-0 second-half run that put the game away. She also finished with eight rebounds and two blocks.

DeMya Walker also had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Monarchs. Ticha Penicheiro added 10 points and six assists, and Rebekkah Brunson had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Alana Beard, who missed Washington's first game with a strained left shoulder, led the Mystics with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting. But Beard had little help from her teammates: The other four starters went a combined 6-for-26 from the field, and DeLisha Milton-Jones and Chasity Melvin were hindered by foul trouble.

Sacramento overcame a 14-point deficit in the first half. The score was tied 48-48 in the final minute of the third quarter, but the Mystics didn't score again for nearly seven minutes.

Monarchs guard Chelsea Newton left the game in the second half with a bruised sternum and did not return.