By Dan Savage

Sept. 2, 2008: Scoreboard | Video Play of the Day | Today in the WNBA Archive

Before their game against the Liberty on Tuesday, the Houston Comets honored Tina Thompson (U.S. Team) and Hamchetou Maiga-Ba (Mali) for their performances in the Beijing Olympics. Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty Images
McCarville's Franchise Night Lifts Liberty

New York Edges Houston in Instant Classic: It seems like every week the Liberty add another magical moment to their amazing 2008 campaign. And this week, they’ve already crossed special performance off their to-do list. On Tuesday, New York once again proved why it has one of the most resilient teams in the league as it managed to hold off the Comets for a thrilling overtime win. After the Liberty blew a 10-point fourth-quarter advantage – culminating with Mistie Williams’ two free throws that forced overtime – they could have just rolled over and played dead. After all, they were playing on the road and have all but locked up a playoff spot in the East. But once again Janel McCarville and the rest of her squad refused to quit. McCarville erupted for eight of her franchise-record 33 points in overtime to propel New York past Houston, snapping its eight-game home winning streak. “I knew I had a lot of points at one point, I didn’t know it would be a career high,” McCarville said. They just kept giving me the ball and wanted me to take it inside. So, I did and they just kept falling.”

Seattle Learning to Live Without Its MVP: With Lauren Jackson out for the remainder of Seattle’s regular season and possibly its entire postseason – depending on how things shake out – the Storm need a number of players to step up and carry the load. Camille Little, who was acquired from Atlanta in June, did her part notching 16 points and seven rebounds to help Seattle roll past her former team Tuesday and move into a tie for first place in the West. Seattle is now 10-3 when Little is in the lineup and its coach is fully aware of her impact on the squad. “"Her athleticism has been great,'' Brian Alger said. With Lauren going down, Camille has been a great addition for us.''
“We knew that we had to get this victory. So, whatever we had to do to get it that’s what we needed to do.”

-- Liberty guard Lisa Willis on the importance of New York's win over Houston on Tuesday.

Janel McCarville, Liberty
33 pts, 14-20 FG
90-87 OT win at Comets

Tina Thompson, Comets
34 pts, 11-18 FG, 10-11 FT
90-87 OT loss vs. Liberty

Sue Bird, Storm
21 pts, 8-14 FG, 3-5 3-pt FG, 2-2 FT
83-69 win at Dream

Tamecka Dixon, Comets
1-9 FG, 6 pts
90-87 OT loss vs. Liberty

Ivory Latta, Dream
2-13 FG, 1-4 3-pt FG, 7 pts
83-69 loss vs. Storm

Alana Beard, Mystics
1-6 3-pt FG, 17 pts
79-68 loss vs. Fever

Wednesday's Games ...

  • Minnesota at Phoenix, 10 p.m. ET
  • Taurasi

    Katie Douglas may not be a major factor in this season’s MVP race, but you wouldn’t have known that on Tuesday night. The two-time All Star stuffed her stat sheet to the tune of 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals to lift the Fever over the Mystics and tighten their grip on the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. With the victory, Indiana grabbed a 3.5 game lead over Chicago and a four-game lead over Washington in the East with just five games to play. Tamika Catchings helped the cause, scoring 15 of her game-high 26 points after the break.
    The Dream’s Tamera Young made history earlier this year when she became the first player from James Madison University to ever be selected in the WNBA draft. But the Colonial Athletic Association’s all-time leading scorer has had a rough adjustment to the professional game. After ripping off a career-high 26 points against the Shock on June 26, Young has watched her points per game – along with her minutes – dip, managing to reach double figures only twice since that time. Although she was held to another disappointing performance on Tuesday, keep Young on radar for next season. A full offseason to digest all she’s learned from her rookie campaign just may be the remedy she needs.