When you think of clutch players in the WNBA, one of the many names that will come into mind is that of Cappie Pondexter. As the guard led the New York Liberty (15-11) to becoming the first team in the league to a 84-81 comeback victory, against a very tough Connecticut Sun (16-9) team.
Pondexter finished the night with 27 points, and had late-game heroics for the second straight night at the Prudential Center. One of the biggest shots of the night was a fall-away jumper with 24.3 seconds in the overtime period.
Head Coach John Whisenant, earned his 100th win of his WNBA coaching career, and has helped to improve the overall defense of the Liberty team-which was essential to the victory on Thursday night.
Leading that defensive play was Essence Carson, who also finished the night with 19 points from the field, had to make the start today due to a bone bruise in the right knee of Nicole Powell. The move proved to be a positive one for New York, as Essence brings an aggressive game on the defensive end of the court.
Recording a double-double in the game was Kia Vaughn (17 points, 11 rebounds) who really elevated her game. Vaughn had a huge block, along with several key boards to help lift her team to the victory.
The Liberty now move within 1 ½ games of the Sun in the Eastern Conference standings, as New York has now won its third straight game.
The ladies will now hit the road for a 10:00 p.m. game against the Seattle Storm on Saturday.
Written on August 19, 2011