Quest 101, Glory 70
Feb. 17, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Columbus cruised to the inaugural ABL title behind MVP Nikki McCray. Without her, the Quest might even be better.
``I think we have a better team than last season,'' coach Brian Agler said after Columbus routed Atlanta 101-70 on Monday night to finish the regular season 36-8. ``We are playing really well together, and we're a better defensive team than last season. This team just plays well together.''
McCray left the Quest to play in the rival WNBA.
Valerie Still scored 22 points in Columbus' 21st straight home victory. The Quest, 17-1 in their last 18 games, have a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and will face the winner of the New England-San Jose series.
``We know what we have to do now,'' said Still, who was 10-for-11 from the field. ``I don't think anyone of us looked at the score tonight _ we're just getting ready to defend our championship.''
Katie Smith and Tonya Edwards each added 18 points, and Sonja Tate had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Player-coach Teresa Edwards led the Glory (15-29) with 25 points.