Monarchs re-sign free-agent Walker; doctors say knee recovered

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Monarchs re-signed free agent DeMya Walker on Monday, two months after releasing her with what was believed to be a season-ending knee injury.

Walker was waived on May 15, less than three weeks after breaking her knee cap while playing in Russia. She underwent surgery on May 2 and was expected to miss six months.

But after rehabilitating the injury, Walker has been cleared by Monarchs team doctors to return to the court.

"I am honored and blessed to be back with the Monarchs," Walker said. "I know my faith in God along with my family and the organization's faith in me, including the fans' support, is the reason I was able to recover so quickly."

Walker was Sacramento's leading scorer and an All-Star in 2005 when the Monarchs won the WNBA title. She missed half of that season with right knee injuries, and then missed half of the 2006 season after giving birth to her daughter. She played only five games last year before injuring her right knee again.

The Monarchs (12-11) are in fourth place in the Western Conference.