The Full Moon and Arco Arena
Posted by Casey on August 1, 2007
The Sacramento Monarchs faced the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday. They had beaten them 11 games straight and this should have been an easy win . . . should have been.
But Sunday was the night before the full moon. The last time the Monarchs played in Arco Arena the night before the full moon, Jia Perkins of the Chicago Sky got 39 points–joining a handful of players in the league with 39 points or more in the game. Well, Sunday night Seimone Augustus scored 39 points. I think I hear the Twilight Zone theme.
To put this into statistical perspective:
47 — Lauren Jackson, Seattle at Washington, July 24, 2007 (OT)
47 — Diana Taurasi, Phoenix at Houston, August 10, 2006 (3OT)
46 — Katie Smith, Minnesota at Los Angeles, July 8, 2001 (OT)
44 — Cynthia Cooper, Houston at Sacramento, July 25, 1997
42 — Cynthia Cooper, Houston vs. Utah, August 16, 1999
41 — Diana Taurasi, Phoenix at Houston, July 27, 2006
41 — Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles vs. San Antonio, June 25, 2006
40 — Katie Smith, Minnesota at Detroit, June 17, 2001
39 — Seimone Augustus, Minnesota at Sacramento, July 29, 2007
39 — Jia Perkins, Chicago at Sacramento, June 29, 2007 (2OT)
39 — Cynthia Cooper, Houston at Charlotte, August 11, 1997
Monarchs . . . Beware the night before the full moon.
My article for the game:
Before I get ragged about the title, that’s not the one I provided. I admit to toying with “Monarchs Get Mooned by the Lynx” but I knew for sure that one would get changed.