The Sacramento Monarchs were desperate for a win, and the Los Angeles Sparks provided them with the perfect opportunity.

Latasha Byears scored 13 points, including the game-winning jumper with 11.6 seconds left, as the Monarchs ended a five-game losing streak and defeated the Sparks for the second time this season, 58-56 on Tuesday night.Sacramento (2-6) had not won since its 73-69 victory at Los Angeles on June 16.

Lisa Leslie scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Los Angeles (2-6), which lost its franchise-worst fourth straight.