The Liberty bounced back from a two-game losing streak tonight defeating the Dallas Wings, 69-68 at Westchester County Center during the team’s annual Pride Night.
New York had balanced scoring in tonight’s game with four players scoring double figures. Kia Nurse led all Liberty scorers with 17 points on 42.8% (6-14) shooting from the field, 4 assists and 6 rebounds. Tina Charles, the league’s third leading scorer, added 15 points and 9 rebounds and Asia Durr added 14 points on 50% (2-4) shooting from three and 60% (6-10) shooting from the field.
In her second start of the season, Reshanda Gray had her first double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Reshanda Gray hit one of two free throws with seconds left in the game to boost New York over Dallas to a victory.
The game saw seven lead changes and eight ties.
UP NEXT: The Liberty head out tomorrow for a six-day road trip which begins with a match up against the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. The Liberty will then head to Seattle to play the Storm for the first time this season on Wednesday, July 3 at 3 p.m. The Liberty end their trip at Phoenix on Friday, July 5 against the Mercury at 10 p.m. ET.
- In assistant coach Charmin Smith’s last game with the team before reporting to the University of California, Berkeley to take on the head coaching position, the Liberty had a season-low 8 turnovers on the night. New York beat Dallas for the first time since May 29, 2018, when the team won at home 94-89.
- New York doubled Dallas’ points in the paint scoring 44 compared to their 22.
- The team shot 38.6% from the field on the night and 26.7% from three.
- Seven of eight Liberty players who hit the floor, scored at least one point in the game.
- Kia Nurse was the leading scorer with 17 points, shooting 25% from the three-point line and 42.9% from the field.
- Brittany Boyd led New York in assists with 7 on the night and added 7 points.
- The Wings were led offensively by Kayla Thornton who had a career-high 20 points and 9 rebounds.
- Theresa Plaisance had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
- Arike Ogunbowale struggled from beyond the perimeter, converting on only 2 of 23 3-point attempts.
NEW YORK QUOTES
Coach Katie Smith on today’s win:
“I’m glad we got the W. We got a lot of contribution from a lot of people. The tone was set on how aggressive Tina Charles was on the offensive end. The way she attacked set the tone for us and created a lot of opportunities for others.”
Coach Katie on Asia Durr:
“I thought Asia’s defense tonight was the best she has done all year. She did a nice job tonight and keeping eye on the ball. She showed she was tired of getting scored on!”
Coach Katie on Reshanda Gray:
“She was imposing her will. She was rebounding! She’s a force to be reckon with and she’s been working on her finishing. She definitely had pressure on tonight’s defense.”
Coach Katie on defense:
“We had to make sure we had our coverage right. Especially rebounding. We made sure we knew how to guard things and made sure we helped everywhere we can and finishing the play and locking in.”
Coach Charmin Smith on working with New York Liberty:
“This has been an amazing experience. I especially learned from Katie. The way she draws up plays in game is amazing. We were able to execute. I would not be prepared for my next step as head coach if I didn’t have these two months with the Liberty.”
Brittany Boyd on contributing across the board:
“I just thought it was important for us to get a win. For me it’s just important to be consistent and play well every night for a starting point guard. Tanisha wasn’t here, so somebody had to step up as far as being vocal and doing all the little things that she would do if she was here tonight.”
Tina Charles on team W :
“Everybody that stepped on the court tonight provided what we needed. Yesterday we were able to go over what our roles are for this team and everyone collectively accomplished that. I had a feeling that Arike was going to try to take the last shot and we knew we were switching. Boyd did a great job calling out the switch, so I was able to get a hand in front of her for the stop”
Kia Nurse on Reshanda Gray’s performance:
“It’s been great playing with her. Gray is an absolute spark plug in everything that she does, whether it be offensive rebounding, defensive rebounding and just making energy plays that change the momentum of the game. When you play with someone like that who’s excited to do that, who gets excited for her teammate the way she does, that’s something really fun to play with and I feel really privileged to be a part of that.”
Asia Durr on Charmin Smith’s impact on her:
“She has left a huge impact on me. Smith has been awesome, she has been teaching me the game, and teaching me to be patient. Coach Smith has a great impact on me, with pointing things out about how you see the game, and she sees things in the game differently. She is very detailed, and I respect that about her. Staying with her and learning from her has helped me slow down the game.”
Coach Brian Agler Opening statement:
“I thought we put ourselves in a position to win. We had some good opportunities and missed shots throughout the course of the game. I thought we made mental mistakes defensively and in transition and we did not shoot the ball very well.”
Coach Brian on Team performance:
“In the second half we played much better, we got a few more offensive boards that we needed. We were at a higher assist to turnover ratio and we played a little bit better inside and out. It’s a work in progress for us.”
Coach Brian further comments:
“We scored points, hung around and ran some good offense. We didn’t execute down the stretch, missed some shots and a couple of things did not go our way and that makes a difference in a game.”
Kayla Thornton on next game mentality:
“It’s a quick turnaround we have to get our rest, we have to get mentally ready. We play Minnesota, one of the top teams in the league, so we just have to refocus, take what we did, take from this game and transition it to Minnesota.”
Theresa Plaisance on team defense:
“There needs to be a better focus. We have a tough opponent on Sunday and they’re not to be taken lightly, I think our focus could be a lot better. New York did a great job tonight, I think they had a million points in the paint and we can do a lot better. I can do a lot better, and we just need to take what we didn’t do tonight and translate that to Sunday, correct that mistake and hopefully see a better outcome.
Plaisance on Wings season:
“I could make every excuse in the book but I’m not, there’s no excuse for it. We’re losing games and there’s nothing else to say but we need to get better. We’re putting in the work, we’re doing all the little things, we’re working really hard and we just need to get better daily. It’s a process, it’s not gonna happen overnight. I think we do a lot of things well and I don’t think we’re doing a terrible job across the board. I think there’s some things we’re really good at and some things we need to do a lot better on.”
Plaisance on close losses:
“I think we have tremendous upside because of the talent and the age of the locker room, but when it comes down to one or two possessions it hurts more because you know you’re right there. One possession here, one possession there, a missed shot here, a missed box out there, these games can be ours.”
Plaisance on team’s effort:
“That’s one thing we can control, is our heart and our effort. In the last two minutes when the nerves start to set in and the game starts crunching down, you just have to focus on that, focus on the scout, focus on what coach put on the board, and just play with your heart, and I think that’s what we can do right now.”
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