Liberty Head West for Seattle Storm

Ros Gold-Onwude

The New York Liberty (4-4) continue their westward road trip with the Seattle Storm on Friday, June 28th, at 10:00 pm ET. The Liberty are still looking for their first road win after dropping a 17-point lead and losing to the Chicago Sky, 87-74. Rookie phenom Elena Delle Donne exploded for a new career high of 26 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The Liberty were led by Cappie Pondexter with 21 points and another strong game from Leilani Mitchell who pumped out 12 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. The Liberty played without much of an interior presence as Kara Braxton played limited minutes due to back pain. Forward Plenette Pierson was injured in the game and only played 11 minutes. The Liberty continue to struggle with taking care of the ball and gave up 17 turnovers. They only forced 5 turnovers out of the Sky who took 17 more shots than the Liberty in the game.

The Seattle Storm (4-4) lost to the Shock in Tulsa on Saturday June 22nd, 92-70. Rookie Tianna Hawkins had a breakout game with 17 points. Temeka Johnson scored 13 points. The teamís leading scorer, perennial all-star Tina Thompson, only managed 3 points on 1-8 shooting. Seattle has begun to take positive steps after losing its two cornerstone players in Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson to injury. The team receives much of its power from the forward position as Tina Thompson leads the way in points and Camille Little is second while also adding a team high of 5 rebounds a game. Temeka Johnson leads the perimeter attack adding double-digit points and a team high 4 assists a game.

Keys To The Game:

Sustained Energy and Effort

The Liberty have had difficulty putting 4 strong quarters together. Whether they start slow and have to come back late or start strong and then give up a 17-point lead, the Liberty need to focus on consistency.

Again, Decrease Turnovers!

The Liberty arenít a high scoring offense. They are 10th in the league for points per game. A piece of that has to do with their affinity for empty possessions. The Liberty need every possession to count simply because they need more looks at the basket! They lead the league in turnovers by a landslide; they average 3 more a game than the next highest team.