On a record-setting afternoon, Ruthie Bolton-Holifield was happy to put a personal record she's not proud of behind her.
Held scoreless last week in a loss to the Utah Starzz, Bolton-Holifield made amends yesterday, scoring 27 points as the Sacramento Monarchs set a league-high for points scored this season in a 107-69 victory over the Utah Starzz. It was the second-highest point total in the WNBA's three-year history. The Houston Comets scored 110 points against Washington last season.
The Monarchs (5-2), unbeaten in four home games this year, established a new franchise record for points scored in a game and also a half, outscoring Utah 59-27 after intermission. Their 55 percent shooting was also a new team record.
For Bolton-Holifield, who tied her franchise record of six three-pointers, it was redemption. "Even when I was injured I never had a game where I didn't score," Bolton-Holifield said. "That game was weird, it was like it didn't happen. I made up my mind they'd see a different Ruthie today."
With 38 members of her Mississippi-based family among the matinee crowd of 7,306, she averaged a point per minute, making 9 of 15 shots, including 6 of 9 three-pointers.
Sacramento led the Starzz (2-3) the entire way to spoil the head coaching debut of Fred Williams, who replaced Frank Layden.
Wendy Palmer scored 18 points and Natalie Williams had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Starzz.
COMETS 77, SHOCK 65: Cynthia Cooper scored 17 of her 24 points in a lopsided first half to lead unbeaten Houston to the victory in Auburn Hills, Mich. Sheryl Swoopes added 19 for Houston and Tina Thompson had 13.
STING 88, MERCURY 72: Andrea Stinson scored 23 points and Vicky Bullett added 16 for host Charlotte. The Sting quickly took the lead and Phoenix could only get as close as 18-16 and 29-26 in the first half.
LYNX 86, SPARKS 73: Brandy Reed scored 20 of her career-high 28 points in the second half as expansion Minnesota defeated host Los Angeles. Tonya Edwards had 16 and reserve Kristin Folkl 13 for Minnesota.