Hampered by a sore back for much of the season, Kara Lawson was the picture of health last night.
In fact, she was perfect.
Lawson had 21 points and made all eight of her shots from the field to lead the visiting Sacramento Monarchs to an 85-70 win over the Connecticut Sun.
"This is the best I've shot the ball all season," Lawson said. "It's the best I've felt shooting the ball, so you just kind of take it and ride it and hope it keeps lasting the whole game. Luckily for me it did."
Lawson's first five shots were three-pointers, and her eight field goals were a career high. The Monarchs finished with a season-high 54 percent shooting from the field, including 9 for 12 from three-point range.
The victory snapped the Sun's six-game winning streak, one shy of a franchise record. Connecticut also lost its grip on sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference and slipped into a three-way tie with Indiana and Charlotte.
"They played a lot better than we did on both ends of the floor," Connecticut Coach Mike Thibault said. "Lawson did a great job. It wasn't in the scouting report to leave her so open."
Lawson was the favorite target all night of guard Ticha Penicheiro, who had 10 assists. Lawson, a former Tennessee star, hit from every angle, and there was little Connecticut could do to stop her.
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* SPARKS 66, SILVER STARS 61: Lisa Leslie had 18 points and 10 rebounds, giving Los Angeles a season-high five-game winning streak with a victory at home over San Antonio.