Monarchs 62, Sun 59
After waiting for a championship since the WNBA's founding season, the Sacramento Monarchs finally won it all in style -- their own hard-nosed, defense-first style.
Yolanda Griffith had 14 points and 10 rebounds and the Monarchs wrapped up their first title with a 62-59 victory over the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night.
Ticha Penicheiro had six assists and made a free throw with 9.9 seconds left for the Monarchs, one of the league's original franchises. They had lost in the Western Conference finals in three of the past four seasons.
But with seven victories in eight playoff games this season, Sacramento's revamped roster finally won it all with flair and force.
"I knew this was a special team when everybody reported to training camp," said Griffith, the finals MVP. "I knew then that we had something special. This has been the best season of my career. My teammates made this special. This is just unbelievable."
Nicole Powell scored 13 points and Rebekkah Brunson had 12 for the Monarchs, who made another big second-half rally and held off another late charge by the Sun, which finished with the WNBA's best regular season record.
Ashja Jones scored a playoff career-high 21 points, but Connecticut's stars struggled in the biggest game of the season. Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Nykesha Sales accounted for slightly less than half of the Sun's points during their playoff run, but they combined for 20 points on 8-of-28 shooting in Game 4.