Shock 50, Monarchs 41
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Sandy Brondello scored 15 points and Cindy Brown added 13 points and had 12 rebounds Tuesday night as the Detroit Shock defeated Sacramento 50-41, holding the Monarchs to the lowest total in WNBA history.
The victory, Detroit’s second straight, keeps the team’s slim playoff hopes alive with three games remaining.
The Monarchs held the old record for lowest number of points when they scored 44 against Houston on July 18.
Ahead 44-41 with under a minute to play, Brondello made a 15-footer from the baseline and followed with two free throws to put the Shock ahead 48-41 with 20.4 seconds remaining.
Trailing by 10 points at intermission, the Monarchs went on a 13-3 run to start the second half, tying the game 29-29. Detroit followed with eight straight and Sacramento never got closer than three points the rest of the way.
Detroit’s leading scorer, rookie guard Korie Hlede, who scored 20 points in the previous two games, fell early in the first half, suffering an injured right knee, and did not return. Her status for the final three games is questionable.
Latasha Byears had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Monarchs and Tangie Smith added 14 points.