Dream 66

(3-22, 1-11 home)

    11:00 AM ET, July 22, 2008

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 22 23 17 1779
    ATL 13 17 15 2166

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: K. Lawson 13 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast

    Atlanta: K. Terry 15 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Blk

    Monarchs win fifth straight, hand Dream third straight loss

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Scholanda Robinson had the perfect answer to the Atlanta Dream's big front line, which includes 6-foot-8 Katie Feenstra and 6-7 Alison Bales.

    Robinson scored a career-high 17 points to lift the Sacramento Monarchs to their fifth straight victory, a 79-66 win Tuesday over the Dream.

    "We decided to take control of the game," Robinson said. "Our plan was to jump out as fast as we could. Teams try to get physical with us, but we try not to let that become our identity."

    Rookie Laura Harper had a career-high 12 rebounds in the afternoon game attended by several summer youth clubs.

    Atlanta, a loser in three straight, dropped to a league-worst 3-22. Ivory Latta and Kasha Terry each scored 15 points for the expansion Dream, who were coming off a six-game, 12-day road trip.

    "Rest is very critical," Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said. "It was challenging, but we will continue to work hard and do some other things so we can do a better job in the game on Friday."

    The Monarchs (13-11) never trailed, matching their biggest lead at 17 on Kim Smith's free throw with 6:02 remaining. Kara Lawson added 13 points.

    In the third quarter, Robinson went 4-for-4 from the field and hit 4-of-6 free throws for 12 points. Her performance helped nullify an Atlanta front line.

    Feenstra had five blocked shots and Bales added four, but Sacramento's quickness and accuracy offset the height disadvantage.

    "I wanted to be aggressive and take what the defense gave me," said Robinson, who had a career-high 15 points against Los Angeles in 2006. "That's the way I play, and I try to be that way every time I play. We can't go in shooting fades always, because they are big, and they will try to block all of our shots."

    Sacramento converted 19 Dream turnovers into 21 points. Atlanta's Betty Lennox, who averages 18 points, scored one point and attempted just one field goal.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Sacramento Atlanta
    Points 79 66
    FG Made-Attempted 27-64 (.000) 23-66 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 3-19 (.158)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-26 (.000) 17-23 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-34 11-38
    Assists 19 14
    Turnovers 13 17
    Steals 10 5
    Blocks 1 12
    Fast Break Points 0 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 25 (1/0)