In what was an electric atmosphere at Madison Square Garden the New York Liberty (1-1) returned to the Big Apple, but the night was spoiled by Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky (2-0) in a 79-65 loss in WNBA action on Saturday night.
What was a high energy day for the ladies that started with a fan fest that celebrated the team’s return to the Garden, and continued with an amazing pre-game ceremony and intro to the crowd led to the team getting off to a hot start, but sadly the pace could not be kept throughout the game.
At one point the Liberty made it interesting tying the game at 55 entering into the fourth quarter, but Delle Donne and the Sky just completely took over the momentum of that frame and earned the victory on this night.
Delle Donne, who has always wanted to play at Madison Square Garden made an impactful appearance in her first showing recording 23 points to lead all Chicago scoring.
For the Liberty, there were some flashes of brilliance and signs that this team is going to be one to watch for in the 2014 season. In her debut for the team Tina Charles recorded a double-double of 15 points and 12 boards.
In her return from ACL injury Essence Carson looked like she had great movement and hit several key buckets for the team, including the first two points of the season. Carson ended the night with 13 points, the forward was also noticeable on some rebounding plays grabbing six in the night.
Cappie Pondexter after having one practice with the team finished the night with 14 points, while DeLisha Milton-Jones fishes out the top scorers with her nine points.
New York will now go on the road to take on the Minnesota Lynx on Saturday May 24 for an 8:00 pm tip-off time, before returning to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, May 27 to take on the Seattle Storm. The game versus the Storm is set to air on the MSG Network, with tip-off time set for 7:00 pm.
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