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Huge Night for Liberty in 74-66 victory over Mystics

VIDEO: New York Liberty Head Coach Walt Hopkins along with stars Layshia Clarendon, Kia Nurse and Amanda Zahui B after the team’s 74-66 over the Washington Mystics in WNBA action on Friday.

It was a huge night for the New York Liberty (1-5) who were able to earn a 74-66 victory over the Washington Mystics (3-3) in WNBA action on Friday.

Here are some interesting notes from the game:

      Walt Hopkins recorded his first career win as a WNBA head coach.

      New York had 38 rebounds, 16 assists and 17 bench points.

     New York used its 4th different starting lineup of the season, replacing Jocelyn Willoughby with Leaonna “Neah” Odom at small forward.

     New York tallied a season-high 12 three-pointers made on the night (37.5%), both are a season best.

      The Liberty scored 12 second chance points, the most this season.

    Tonight is the Liberty’s second game this season winning the first half (40-31). The first game was against Atlanta on July 31. New York held the Washington offense to its season-low of 31 points through the first half.

     Washington did not have a single offensive rebound in the first half. New York grabbed six total on the night.

     Tonight, New York snapped a seven-game Washington winning streak against the Liberty that dated back to September 10, 2017.

     The Liberty last beat the Mystics on August 25, 2017, 74-66 in New York.

 Key Runs:

      The Liberty opened the game on a 6-2 run in the first 90 seconds of the game.

     New York’s 14-5 run midway through the second quarter extended its lead to 11 points, the most of the half.

     Washington went on a 10-3 run to cut the Liberty lead to within 5 points with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

     Up Next: The New York Liberty will take on the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday, August 9, with tip-off scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on YES Network.

PLAYER NOTABLES

     Kia Nurse recorded a team-high 17 points on the night, 7 of which came from the charity stripe.

   Amanda Zahui B surpassed her season-high scoring with 14 points (4-9 3 PT), grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, and recorded 3 assists and 2 blocks. Tonight’s performance makes her the second Liberty player to record 14 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in franchise history (Tina Charles, two times).

    Amanda Zahui B also recorded her 100th career block in the fourth quarter, which makes her the 106th player to do so in WNBA history.

    Layshia Clarendon scored 14 points along with a game-high 6 assists. They finished 3-4 from beyond the perimeter, which is a career-high in three-pointers made.

    Leaonna Odom earned her first start of the season and finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds in 27:20 minutes.

     Jocelyn Willoughby added 9 points, 7 of which came from the line.

   Aerial Powers led the Mystics’ offense in scoring with 20 points on the night. Emma Meesseman added 17 points for Washington in the loss.

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

https://liberty.wnba.com/

Updated Post:

New York Liberty General Manager Jonathan Kolb announced that the team has signed guard Paris Kea.

The 5-9 North Carolina graduate should be eligible to join the Liberty for practices and games after completing the league’s quarantine protocol when she arrives at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida next week.

Kea was drafted in the third round (25th overall) of the 2019 draft by Indiana and saw game action 11 times where she shot 55.6% from three and 40.7% from the field overall.

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