Comets Still Seeking First Win Following Home Loss To Monarchs

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: June 12, 2007

Houston Comets HOUSTON — The Houston Comets dropped a 82-67 decision at the hands of the Sacramento Monarchs in front of a crowd of 5,709 Monday night at the Toyota Center.

The Comets remain winless (0-7) on the season, while the Monarchs improved to 6-3. Sacramento took control of the game from the starting tip taking advantage of many Houston turnovers in route to a 17-0 lead.

No one from either team had more than seven points in the first-half of a game which featured a battle of first-year WNBA head coaches in Houston’s Karleen Thompson and Sacramento’s Jenny Boucek.

However in the second half, reserve guard Kara Lawson and starting forward Nicole Powell connected on 8-of-12 three-pointers, and 10-of-14 overall increasing the Monarchs lead.

Sacramento capitalized on 27 Houston turnovers, turning them into 32 points.

Houston, led by forward Tina Thompson’s season-high 33 points, only trailed by six at the half at 32-26. Latasha Byears, who was ejected from the game with 22.9 seconds remaining, added nine points.

Lawson scored a season-high 24 points for Sacramento. Powell added 17 points while teammates Rebekkah Brunson and Yolanda Griffith scored 14 and 10 points respectively.

Prior to the Monarchs game, the Comets suffered a 10-point loss to the Connecticut Sun (88-77) also at the Toyota Center.

Houston will take to the road for the next three games traveling to the west coast to face the Los Angeles Sparks, Seattle Storm, and Sacramento, before returning home next week to play the Sparks on Wednesday, June 20th.

COMETS NOTEBOOK:

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Sacramento’s Kara Lawson connected on 5-of-6 three pointers and 8-of-10 field goals for 24 points vs. the Comets.

– Sacramento guard Ticha Penicheioro dished out 10 assists vs. Houston.

– Houston forward Tina Thompson was 17-of-18 from the free-throw line.

– Thompson’s 33 points marked the second time this season that she has scored 30 or more points. The first time came on May 25th vs. the Phoenix Mercury when she scored 32.

– Sacramento Monarchs forward DeMya Walker underwent successful surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in her right knee. She will be out for the season.

– Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro and Houston forward Tina Thompson both played for Spartak in Moscow, Russia during the off-season. The team won the Russian Superleague in May of 2007.

– The biggest news of the evening came when it was announced that Chamique Holdsclaw of the Los Angeles Sparks had retired from the WNBA, effective immediately.