Liberty by the Numbers

We are at the All-Star Break, and the Liberty have accumulated a 9-7 record with 18 games to play. While the team remained confident before the season that it would continue to be successful after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals last year, the media didn't, predicting the Libs near the bottom of the league due to a new coach and the loss of Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Janel McCarville. However, with the emergence of centers Kia Vaughn and Quanitra Hollingsworth, guard Essence Carson and an MVP-caliber season from guard Cappie Pondexter, the Libs are currently in third place and in striking distance of the second place Connecticut Sun and the first place Indiana Fever.

Here are some key statistics contributing to the Liberty's success so far:

  • Head Coach John Whisenant's "White Line Defense" is beginning to stick. The first six games of the year, the defense was allowing opponents to score 85.7 points per game, in which the team went 2-4. The last ten games, the team has allowed 73.6 points per game, which is over a 12-point difference. During that span, the team has won seven of those ten games.

  • Even though the offense hit a few rough patches at points during the year, it has been one of the more potent attacks in the WNBA. The team is currently fourth in the league in scoring (80.2 points per game) and are second in the league in field goal percentage (45.7 %).

  • In a league filled with talented post players, guard Cappie Pondexter has distinguished herself as one of the toughest players to contain offensively. She is in the top 10 in four different categories (points per game, assists, steals and points, rebounds, assists average). She has been named Eastern Conference player of the week twice, and has sometimes single handedly willed her team to victory in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points twice in the final 10 minutes.

  • The offense has continued to take care of the ball, only turning the ball over 14.8 times, good for fifth in the league.

  • One statistic that can be misleading is the team's rebounding totals. While their 32.8 rebounds a game puts them in the lower quarter of the league, they hold opponents to 32 rebounds, placing them at a positive rebounding differential.