SACRAMENTO, July 10 (UPI) -- John Whisenant won his first game as coach of the Sacramento Monarchs Thursday as Yolanda Griffiths recorded 18 points in an 89-76 victory over San Antonio.
Whisenant, the team's assistant general manager, replaced Maura McHugh, who was fired Tuesday after the Monarchs lost their third straight game. Sacramento is in fifth place in the Western Conference.
Griffiths led a balanced attack as five players scored in double figures. Tangela Smith, who grabbed 12 rebounds, scored 11 of her 16 points in the first half to help the Monarchs to a 44-36 lead at the intermission.
Edna Campbell contributed 14 points for Sacramento while DeMya Walker and Ruthie Bolton chipped in 12 and 10.
Monarchs point guard Ticha Penicheiro set a WNBA record with 10 steals and also handed out 11 assists.