AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Kara Lawson scored 22 points Wednesday to lead Sacramento to a 95-71 rout of Detroit in Game One of the WNBA Finals at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Nicole Powell added 21 points, DeMya Walker and Yolanda Griffith both scored 17 points, and Ticha Penicheiro had six assists and two steals for the Monarchs -- who set a finals record for points, field goals (35) and three-pointers (10).
Lawson sank six of her eight three-point shots. Powell was 4-for-7 with five rebounds and three assists.
The Monarchs can win their second straight title with another road victory Friday night.
In six of the last nine seasons, the team winning Game One has won the title.