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The Grind Continues for Liberty in Tough 92-66 loss to the Lynx

VIDEO: New York Liberty Head Coach Walt Hopkins along with players Leaonna Odom and Amanda Zahui B share these thoughts after the team’s 92-66 loss to the Minnesota Lynx in Wednesday Night WNBA action.

Playing in the WNBA is not an easy task, it takes a while to get used to the speed of the game, how physical the game is, how impactful certain teams can be on certain nights. For the New York Liberty (0-5) they continue to grow and progress in a team, but still are unable to get a win. The latest loss was a 92-66 decision to the Minnesota Lynx (4-1) on Wednesday night, which is Minnesota’s third-straight victory this season.

Here are some interesting notes from the game:

      New York had 30 rebounds, 18 assists and 30 bench points.

      The Liberty scored 22 points in the 1st quarter, 18 of which came from the paint.

      This ties the Liberty’s most first quarter points in 2020, as well as their first time winning an opening frame this season.

      New York used its 3rd different starting lineup of the season.

      In tonight’s matchup, the Liberty committed 24 total turnovers which led to 30 points by the Lynx.

      Minnesota shot 50.7% from the field, and 47.6% from beyond the perimeter into tonight’s contest.

     The Lynx have now won six of the last seven games between the teams since the start of the 2018 season.

      Key Runs:

      The Liberty went on a 6-2 run to end the first half and cut what was a 9-point Lynx lead to 5 points.

      The Lynx outscored the Liberty 27-6 in the third quarter.

      Up Next: The New York Liberty will take on 2019 WNBA Champion, the Washington Mystics, on Friday night at 7 PM on ESPN2.

PLAYER NOTABLES

      Amanda Zahui B scored a team-high 13 points (3-5 3 PT), which is a season-high for the Liberty’s center. Amanda also recorded 6 rebounds and 4 steals.

      Rookie Leaonna Odom recorded a career-high 10 points coming off the bench.

      Kia Nurse also scored 10 points and added three assists.

      Kylee Shook contributed 9 points on the night, which ties her career-high thus far in her rookie campaign. 5 of her 9 points came in the first quarter after checking in off the bench. Shook also recorded her first-career WNBA three-pointer in the final minute of the second quarter.

      Sabrina Ionescu traveled to New York today to see an ankle and foot specialist. An update on her status will shared when available.

      Lynx forward Bridget Carleton netted a career-high 25 points tonight against New York. Her previous career-high was 8 points against Connecticut on August 1, 2020.

For more information on the New York Liberty fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://liberty.wnba.com/

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