The Washington Mystics
committed 25 turnovers tonight and had no answer for
Yolanda Griffith, who recorded 19 points, nine rebounds and a
franchise-record eight steals to lead the Sacramento Monarchs to a 70-54
victory before 7,909 at ARCO Arena.
Twenty of the Mystics' turnovers came in the second half, but it was Griffith who stymied Washington throughout the game. Her eight steals fell one short of the Mystics' total.
"She's the best defensive post player in the whole WNBA," Mystics forward Chamique Holdsclaw said. "I've played with her before and had several opportunities to watch her play, so I know she has the capability to get things started on the defensive end."
Nikki McCray led the Mystics with 16 points. Holdsclaw had 12 and Shalonda Enis 10. Those were the only bright spots for the Mystics on a bad night.
By Quwan Spears
Friday, July 30, 1999; Page D3
~ photo by AP ~