In their final home game of the season, the New York Liberty (7-23) were defeated by the Atlanta Dream, 86-77. They close out their season with a four-game road trip out west, starting with a matchup against the Los Angeles Sparks (18-13) at the Staples Center, with tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. and the game to air on the MSG Plus channel.
Tina Charles’ 20.1 points per game rank seventh the league (as of 8/13).
Charles’ 7.2 rebounds per game are tied for ninth in the league (as of 8/13).
Charles ranks top-20 in the league in blocks per game (as of 8/13).
Kia Nurse’s ranks top-10 among rookies with 8.6 points per game (as of 8/13).
Nurse is shooting 86.4 percent from the free throw line, tied for eighth in the league (as of 8/13).
Brittany Boyd’s 5.3 assists per contest rank fourth in the WNBA (as of 8/13).
Boyd is tied for tenth in the league in steals per game with 1.3 (as of 8/13).
Bria Hartley ranks top-15 in the league with 3.8 assists per game (as of 8/13).
The Sparks have won seven of their last eight regular season matchups against the Liberty.
Rebecca Allen has been surging for the Liberty of late with 14.5 points per game over her past two, including 13 against the Sparks. As part of the New York second unit, she will matchup against LA’s Riquna Williams, who is averaging 18.5 points per game against the Liberty this season.
On August 8, 2018, Chelsea Gray scored 19 points for the Sparks as they hung on to beat the Liberty, 82-81.
Sugar Rodgers hit a pair of threes with under 10 seconds to play to make it interesting, but the Sparks did their job at the free throw line as they held off the comeback attempt.
Tina Charles led all scorers with 27 points, while Rebecca Allen and Amanda Zahui B both chipped in 13 points off the bench.
Due to various injuries, the Liberty had just eight available players for Sunday’s matchup against the Dream. As a result, Tina Charles played the entire contest for the first time this season, finishing with 26 points. The veteran is currently tied for second in the league with 33.1 minutes per game.
Despite checking in at 5’9”, Brittany Boyd has proven to be one of the better rebounding guards in the league this season. Among players under six feet, Boyd ranks fourth in rebounding with 3.8 per game. Her nine rebounds against Atlanta on Sunday set a new career high.
SECOND HALF WOES
In five of the last six games, the Liberty have entered halftime either tied or with the lead. However, they have been on the losing end of each of those matchups. Over that span, New York is averaging 42.8 first half points, compared to just 32.5 after the break.
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