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20 years ago: Utah Starzz fall in debut, then set record

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August 12, 1998.  Utah Starzz Margo Dydek shoots past Sacremento Monarchs' Tangela Smith and Latasha Byears.

August 12, 1998. Utah Starzz Margo Dydek shoots past Sacremento Monarchs’ Tangela Smith and Latasha Byears.

LAURA SEITZ, DNEWS

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The WNBAs slogan for its inaugural campaign was We Got Next, but all that was left to say after the Utah Starzzs debut a 70-60 loss to the Sacramento Monarchs was We Got Nixed.

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Two nights later the Starzz became the first league team to break 100 points in a 102-89 win over Lisa Leslie and the Los Angeles Sparks.

The Starzz trailed by 17, just as they did in their opener, but scored 32 points in the final 7:41 of the first half to lead 50-49 at the break.

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