Gm 1: at Det., Wed., 8/30, 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2
Gm 2: at Det., Fri., 9/1, 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2
Gm 3: at Sac., Sun., 9/3, 4:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2
Gm 4*: at Sac., Wed., 9/6, 9 p.m. ET. ESPN2
Gm 5*: at Det., Sat., 9/9, 3:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2
For the first time in the history of the WNBA, we will see a pair of two-seeds will off in the WNBA Finals. Sacramento is back in the Finals for the second straight season after winning their second Conference Championship against the top-seeded Los Angeles Sparks. The Monarchs are undefeated this postseason and have been most impressive this postseason. After a rocky start to the season, the Monarchs did not look like the defending champions until the start of the second half of the season, but the after rolling off a seven-game winning streak after the All-Star break, they cruised into the playoffs with the two seed. Despite a slight decline in Yolanda Griffith's scoring and rebounding numbers during the regular season, the 2005 WNBA Finals M.V.P. is still leading the Monarchs in their eighth straight postseason appearance. The Detroit Shock, who finished second in the East with a 23-11 record, breezed through their first round matchup against the Indiana Fever before defeating the first place Connecticut Sun in the Eastern Conference Finals in a classic three-game series. Detroit is making their second Finals appearance in franchise history. Back in 2003, the Shock won their first championship in franchise history as they defeated the Sparks in three games to take home the trophy. During the regular season, the Shock were led by center Cheryl Ford's 13.8 points and league-high 11.34 rebounds.

2006 Regular Season: Sacramento Monarchs 1 - Detroit Shock 1
Some fast facts about the Monarchs-Shock WNBA Finals matchup:

The last time the Monarchs entered the postseason as a two-seed was in 2001. They advanced to the Conference Finals, but ended up losing to the Los Angeles Sparks in three games. The Monarchs won the title last year as the top seed in the West, yet won Game One of the 2005 WNBA Finals on the road and sealed the deal at home in Game 4.
Yolanda Griffith was the only player on the Monarchs to average double-digits in points per game this season (12.0 ppg). Yet, DeMya Walker returned from maternity leave near the end of July and has steadily improved throughout the season. She averaged nearly 12 ppg in her final 12 games.
The Shock are in the WNBA Finals for the first time since winning the championship in 2003 against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Shock center Cheryl Ford set a postseason record set a postseason record by grabbing 23 rebounds in a 70-59 Game One victory over the Sun.


Wednesday, July 26, Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI: Shock 91, Monarchs 71 | Box score
Detroit Leaders: Cheryl Ford (24 pts., 11 reb.), Katie Smith (20 pts., 3 ast.)
Sacramento Leaders: Nicole Powell (14 pts., 3 reb.), Rebekkah Brunson (13 pts., 8 reb)

Sunday, July 30, Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA: Monarchs 94, Shock 61 | Box score
Detroit Leaders: Swin Cash (18 pts., 7 reb.), Cheryl Ford (13 pts., 11 reb.)
Sacramento Leaders: Lisa Leslie (10 pts., 11 reb.), Chamique Holdsclaw (20 pts., 6 reb)
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