It was not the game the New York Liberty (4-11) were hoping for, in need of another big game at Madison Square Garden and going up against a team in the Chicago Sky (7-8) who in the last two seasons seemed to have New York’s number.
This trend continued on Friday night as the Sky defeated the Liberty by a final of 73-69, as it was the small things that cost the host team, in what was a heartbreaker at Madison Square Garden.
New York has lost nine-straight games against Chicago and is 17-16 all-time against the Sky, while the team has not won back-to-back games all season.
“We’re tired of losing to Chicago. That’s eight games in the last two years. We’re frustrated and getting angry now. We can’t seem to put together two halves or get all our players playing reasonably good on the same night,” said Head Coach Bill Laimbeer. “I thought our effort in the second half was solid, but timely turnovers and missed free throws – all those little things add up to a frustrating loss.”
One play could have made the difference in the third quarter, as a bucket could have potentially changed the momentum of the game. Chicago had a very slim two point lead against New York, who were attacking and aggressive towards the basket, sadly though it felt like every potential opportunity was not meant to be.
There were several little things that were spotted throughout that could have possibly changed the results, missed free throws and turnovers cost the Liberty.
Some of the positives that could be taken out of this game were the play of Sugar Rodgers and Alex Montgomery, who are going to be two big key pieces to the team throughout the rest of the year. Both Rodgers (12 points) and Montgomery (11 points) had key moments in the game.
Tina Charles led all scoring with her 16 points, leading the team in scoring for the eighth time this season. It was also her 12th double-digit scoring game.
For Chicago leading the way was Brooklyn-native Epiphanny Prince, who was on-fire with her 30 points, including going 5-of-7 from the three-point arc.
New York also had some moments of pretty basketball, showing some beautiful ball movement, things just weren’t able to come together.
The Liberty will have to rebound quickly as they will host the Connecticut Sun on Sunday, June 29, with tip-off time for that set for 3:00 p.m.
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