Minnesota New York Notes

WNBA Post-Game Notes
Minnesota vs. New York
July 24, 2005 @ Target Center

New York 59

* New York completed its four-game Western swing at 3-1 with this evening's victory, extending its winning streak to three after opening the trip with an 87-78 loss at Seattle on Tuesday. The Liberty also picked up double-digit wins Thursday in Phoenix (80-70) and Friday in Sacramento (73-63).

* The Liberty have won six of their last eight overall, moving two games above the .500 mark for the first time this year and into sole possession of 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game in front of Washington (11-10). They'll return to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night to face Houston.

* Minnesota finished its only three-game homestand of the season with a 1-2 mark, falling to 11-10 overall and into 5th place in the Western Conference playoff race. The Lynx, who missed an opportunity to climb three games over .500 for the first time in 2005, are just a game in back of 2nd-place Houston (12-9).

* The Lynx had won six straight at Target Center before stumbling 72-53 last Sunday vs. Connecticut, but bounced back to hand Indiana a 66-45 defeat on Tuesday, their largest winning margin in nearly two years. Minnesota travels to San Antonio on Tuesday night before hosting Phoenix on Friday.

* The victory enabled New York to gain a split of the season series, following the Lynx' 64-60 triumph nine days earlier at Madison Square Garden. The Liberty have won their last five visits to Minnesota, and move ahead 6-5 all-time in a series that has seen the visiting team win nine of 11 meetings.

* The loss ended a run of seven consecutive games against Eastern teams for Minnesota. They went 3-4 in that stretch, and now play 12 of their final 13 vs. conference rivals. New York, meanwhile, is in the midst of a seven-game run against Western foes; the Liberty will finish the year by playing 11 of 13 within the East.

* Minnesota led 18-16 with 6:18 left in the 1st half, but did not score again until after intermission. New York, ending its own six-minute drought, tallied a pair of baskets in the final 1:06 to grab a 20-18 halftime advantage. The Liberty's lead stood at 42-39 with 5:00 remaining in the contest, but Becky Hammon bookended the decisive 9-2 burst with a layup and 3-pointer, and New York went 10-for-10 from the FT line down the stretch.

* New York held the Lynx to a season-low 47 points, their 11th sub-50 outing in franchise history. It's the fewest points given up by the Liberty since they beat Cleveland 57-44 on Aug. 8, 2000. Minnesota averaged 55.3 ppg on the three-game homestand; they've scored fewer than 60 points in seven of their last 13 (tallying 60.5 ppg).

* The Liberty's 59-point effort represents the fifth time they've scored less than 60 this summer (and their first win in those five). New York had been averaging 77.0 ppg during the first three games of its road trip. The Lynx rank 2nd in the WNBA in scoring defense (64.8 ppg), and have sliced that to 59.4 ppg since the All-Star Break.

* Minnesota went 0-for-13 from three-point range, just the third time in club history they've been blanked. The Lynx suffered through an 0-for-15 night last May 26 at San Antonio, and went 0-for-5 at Phoenix last June 22. Entering tonight's contest, Minnesota had been shooting 47.3% (26-for-55) in its previous four starts.

* The Lynx tied a season low by committing 12 turnovers, a mark previously set Tuesday vs. Indiana. Minnesota also matched its season best with 11 steals. The Liberty averaged 16.0 TOs on the four-game trip, after coughing up just 8.3 TOs in their previous three (including a WNBA-record-low four in the July 7 win over Connecticut).

* Hammon again led New York with 13 points, 11 coming in the game's final 5:00. She was the Liberty's top scorer in all four games of the road trip, netting 16.8 ppg while hitting 54.1% (20-for-37) from the field. Elena Baranova had a game-high eight rebounds and 12 points, leaving her 22 shy of the 2000-point mark for her WNBA career.

* Nicole Ohlde's 17 points topped all scorers, her high point total since scoring 20 at Houston on June 7. Vanessa Hayden added 13 points (on 6-for-7 shooting); she'd registered 14 points and nine rebounds July 15 at New York. Meanwhile, Kristi Harrower collected a season-high six assists and a career-high five steals for the Lynx.