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WNBA Fans Hope Kings Bid Leads To Monarchs Return

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Former Sacramento Monarchs players and 50 of their fans rallied Thursday to support efforts to save the Sacramento Kings and to bring back the Monarchs franchise.   

Former player Ruthie Bolton says there is reason to be optimistic now that resurrecting the Monarchs is part of the City's multi-pronged effort to save the Kings, "We are a team. We are a family.  The Sacramento community is amazing so to bring this team back would mean so much to the community."

Bolton and Ticha Penicheiro signed autographs and posed for pictures.  Penicheiro says she thought someone was playing a practical joke on her when she got a phone call with the news the franchise had been folded.

"We didn't even have a chance to fight for the team to stay here and for me to finish my career here.  And, for you guys to continue to support us like you have and the fact we won a championship here in front of 17,000 people is the highlight of my career."

Former season ticket holder Alice Huggins waited patiently in line to meet the players.  She was wearing a team jersey…The number 78 was her age when she bought the jersey, "I just loved them, they gave me something to do. It was good clean fun. They're wonderful.  We've gotta get em back. "

The Monarchs won the WNBA Championship in 2005, but the Maloof family shut down the franchise just four years later.
The City's desire to bring back the WNBA franchise will be presented as part of a larger package showing community support for basketball to the NBA Board of Governors in April. 
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