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Liberty Show Grit in 93-78 loss to Sparks

VIDEO: New York Liberty Head Coach Walt Hopkins along with stars Layshia Clarendon and Jazmine Jones share these thoughts after the team’s 93-78 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on 8/11 in WNBA action.

The New York Liberty (1-7) showed grit and toughness but ultimately fell to the Los Angeles Sparks (5-3) by a final score of 93-78 in Tuesday night WNBA action. The team as a whole continues to struggle with turnovers and rebounds and those two things will lead to losses quickly, especially when you are going up against one of the best teams in the league like the Sparks.

Here are some notes from the game itself:

New York had 35 rebounds, 12 assists and 40 bench points.

The Liberty finished the contest tied for their second-highest scoring effort of the 2020 season with 78 points.

In the first half, New York shot 100% (11-11) from the free throw line. The team finished with 95.7% (22-23) from the charity stripe, 15.5% above the team’s previous average. Tonight’s effort from the free throw line is the Liberty’s single-game high this season.

Los Angeles set a franchise record in three-point percentage in a single game, shooting 64.7% (11-17) from beyond the arc (minimum 15 attempts).

Key Runs:

Los Angeles opened the game on a 10-2 run before New York called its first timeout with 6:57 remaining in the opening quarter. The Sparks outscored the Liberty 28-14 in the first quarter.

Scoring was more equally balanced in the second quarter. LA outscored NY 23-20 before heading into the locker room.

Down as many as 21, New York cut the Los Angeles lead to 12 going into the fourth quarter, outscoring the Sparks 28-23 in the third quarter.

The Sparks dominated the start of the fourth quarter on a 11-4 run to extend their lead and spark momentum that would carry them to victory.

Up Next: The New York Liberty will take on the Indiana Fever for the first time this season on Thursday, August 13, at 6 p.m. ET on YES Network.

PLAYER NOTABLES

Jazmine Jones recorded 14 first half points off the bench and finished the contest with a game and career-high 24 points on 50.0% (8-16) shooting from the field and 50.0% (1-2) from beyond the arc. Jones also nabbed a career high 5 steals, which is tied for the second-most by a player in a single-game this season.

Liberty Legend and Ring of Honor member Teresa Weatherspoon holds the franchise record for most steals in a single game with 8 (7/10/97 vs. Charlotte).

Layshia Clarendon totaled 11 points including 5 assists, in their third consecutive game scoring in double digits. Layshia has scored in double figures in 7 of the team’s 8 games this season.

Amanda Zahui B recorded 9 points and 10 rebounds on 60.0% (3-5) shooting from beyond the arc. This marks Zahui B’s fourth consecutive game with least 3 three-point field goals made.

The tandem of Sydney Wiese and Riquana Williams led the Sparks’ offense with 17 points apiece. Los Angeles saw three additional players in double figure scoring, including Candace Parker (17), Brittney Sykes (15) and Nneka Ogwumike (11).

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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