Although it has been six years since Ruthie Bolton blew out her knee at the Palace of Auburn Hills, she thinks about it every time she plays the Detroit Shock.
Bolton scored 10 of her 11 points in the second half, spearheading a surge by the Sacramento bench that helped the Monarchs beat the Shock, 67-51, last night.
"When I walked into the building, I thought about when I got hurt here," she said. "But I told myself that I wasn't going to think about that anymore -- that this was going to be a good night."
Rebekkah Brunson (Georgetown) and Chantelle Anderson, also reserves, had 10 points apiece. Sacramento's bench outscored Detroit's subs 43-11 a night after the Monarchs lost in overtime in Minnesota.
"We were playing back-to-back games, so we knew that we were going to need contributions from everyone," Anderson said. "That's what we were looking to give the team."
Deanna Nolan had 11 points and a career-best 10 rebounds for Detroit, which also got 11 points from Ruth Riley. But Swin Cash, chosen earlier Monday as WNBA player of the week, scored only seven.
"They were coming off a back-to-back, but we stopped running," Nolan said. "In the first half, we were getting out on the break, and we got some points, but we stopped doing it. I don't know why -- that's what we've got to figure out."
The Shock, which matched a season high with 25 turnovers, fell to 3-6 at home.
"We told the team before the game that this was a team that created turnovers and that we must take care of the ball," Shock Coach Bill Laimbeer said. "It didn't happen."
Sacramento took a 31-29 halftime lead on Kara Lawson's (West Springfield) buzzer-beating hook shot. The Monarchs only shot 33.3 in the half but forced 10 turnovers.
* STORM 75, SILVER STARS 59: Lauren Jackson scored 15 of her 25 points in the second half and Seattle closed with a 16-6 run in the final six minutes to beat visiting San Antonio.
Sue Bird had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists as Seattle snapped a season-high three-game losing streak.