WOMEN’S HOOPS CELEBRATES SACRAMENTO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WITH MONARCHS NIGHT THURSDAY

WOMEN’S HOOPS CELEBRATES SACRAMENTO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WITH MONARCHS NIGHT THURSDAY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's basketball team will take the court Thursday, Feb. 22 and will honor the Sacramento Monarchs, Sacramento's former WNBA championship team.

The Sacramento Monarchs played their first season in Sacramento in 1997. They played their home games in ARCO Arena until the team folded in 2009.

During that time, the Monarchs were one of the WNBA's most consistently successful teams, finishing third or better in the Western Conference in eight of their 13 seasons. They advanced to four Conference Finals and two WNBA Finals.

In 2005, the Monarchs won their first and only WNBA Finals, defeating the Connecticut Sun, three games to one.

On Thursday, the Hornets women's basketball team will celebrate the Sacramento Monarchs and their success on the court.

In attendance for the Monarchs will be WNBA Hall of Famer, two-time All-Star, and ALL-WNBA First Team selection Ruthie Bolton. She will be joined by teammate Edna Campbell, a breast cancer survivor and advocate.

Joining them are former staff members, including Assistant Head Coach Monique Ambers, who helped lead the 2005 and '06 teams to the WNBA Finals, trainer Jill Jackson, Marketing Director Andrea Lepore, and ball girl Tai Benton.