1997 Sacramento Monarchs season

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1997 Sacramento Monarchs season
Coach Mary Murphy and Heidi VanDerveer
Arena ARCO Arena
Attendance 7,858 per game
Results
Record 10–18 (.357)
Place 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

The 1997 WNBA season was the inaugural season for the Sacramento Monarchs.

Offseason[edit]

Initial Player Allocation[edit]

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team College/HS/Club Team
13 Ruthie Bolton-Holifield (G)  United States Sacramento Monarchs Auburn
14 Bridgette Gordon (F)  United States Sacramento Monarchs Tennessee

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WNBA Elite Draft[edit]

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team College/HS/Club Team
6 Judy Mosley-McAfee (F)  United States Sacramento Monarchs Hawaii
14 Mikiko Hagiwara (G)  Japan Sacramento Monarchs Japan

WNBA Draft[edit]

Pick Player Position Nationality College/HS/Club Team
2 Pamela McGee Center  United States Southern California

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Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
Phoenix Mercury x 16 12 .571 9–3
Los Angeles Sparks o 14 14 .500 8–4 2.0
Sacramento Monarchs o 10 18 .357 4–8 6.0
Utah Starzz o 7 21 .250 3–9 9.0

Season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record
June 21 @ Utah 70-60 Win 1-0
June 23 New York 62-73 Loss 1-1
June 26 Charlotte 78-70 Win 2-1
June 27 @ Los Angeles 73-93 Loss 2-2
July 2 Utah 68-73 (OT) Loss 2-3
July 6 Cleveland 70-67 Win 3-3
July 7 @ Utah 79-69 Win 4-3
July 10 @ Cleveland 61-77 Loss 4-4
July 12 @ Houston 61-89 Loss 4-5
July 15 Los Angeles 78-73 Win 5-5
July 16 @ Phoenix 67-84 Loss 5-6
July 18 Houston 60-82 Loss 5-7
July 21 Phoenix 57-70 Loss 5-8
July 25 Houston 76-86 Loss 5-9
July 27 Los Angeles 62-84 Loss 5-10
July 30 @ New York 68-73 (OT) Loss 5-11
August 1 @ Charlotte 61-85 Loss 5-12
August 2 @ Cleveland 51-72 Loss 5-13
August 4 @ Phoenix 60-83 Loss 5-14
August 6 Charlotte 77-64 Win 6-14
August 8 Utah 93-78 Win 7-14
August 10 New York 76-69 Win 8-14
August 12 Cleveland 81-76 Win 9-14
August 14 @ Charlotte 51-68 Loss 9-15
August 15 @ New York 63-79 Loss 9-16
August 20 Phoenix 54-69 Loss 9-17
August 22 @ Los Angeles 77-88 Loss 9-18
August 24 @ Houston 68-58 Win 10-18

Player stats[edit]

  • Ruthie Bolton ranked second in the WNBA in points with 447 points.
  • Ruthie Bolton ranked third in the WNBA in field goals with 164.
  • Ruthie Bolton ranked fourth in the WNBA in Minutes per game with 35.3
  • Ruthie Bolton ranked second in the WNBA in points per game with 19.4
  • Ruthie Bolton was tied for sixth in the WNBA in steals with 54.
  • Latasha Byears ranked fifth in the WNBA in total rebounds with 193
  • Latasha Byears ranked ninth in the WNBA in Field Goal Percentage (.459)
  • Bridgette Gordon ranked first in the WNBA in Minutes per game with 35.0
  • Bridgette Gordon ranked ninth in the WNBA in Free Throw Pct with .785
  • Pamela McGee ranked eighth in the WNBA in Field Goal Percentage (.460)
  • Chantel Tremitiere was tied for sixth in the WNBA in steals with 54.
  • Chantel Tremitiere ranked first in the WNBA in Minutes per game with 37.5

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Ruthie Bolton: Led WNBA, 3-Pt Field Goal Attempts, 192
  • Ruthie Bolton: Second in WNBA, 3-Pt Field Goals, 66
  • Latasha Byears: Led WNBA, Offensive Rebounds, 87
  • Chantel Tremitiere: Led WNBA, Minutes Played 1051
  • Chantel Tremitiere: Led WNBA, Turnovers, 122
  • Chantel Tremitiere: Led WNBA, Minutes per game, 37.5

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