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By VIN A. CHERWOO
Posted Aug 16 2012 10:42PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Liberty's goal for the second half of the season is to win 11 of their remaining games. They got off to a good start in their return from the WNBA's Olympic break.

Cappie Pondexter scored 24 points to lead the Liberty to a 79-66 victory over the first-place Connecticut Sun on Thursday night.

Plenette Pierson, returning after missing the New York's last eight games before the hiatus due to a left knee strain, had 16 points to help the Liberty (7-12) snap a three-game skid.

``If we win 11 games we give ourselves a chance to make a playoff push,'' Pondexter said. ``It's attainable. Right now we got 10 to go. I really feel we have a chance to win some games on the road.''

The Liberty, who have 15 games remaining, play their next five on the road - starting with a rematch against Connecticut on Saturday night. They then close with seven of their last 10 at home.

Renee Montgomery scored 16 points, and Allison Hightower and Mistie Mims added 12 each for the Sun (15-5), who snapped a five-game winning streak.

``We struggled tonight,'' Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. ``We shot terrible in the second half and we turned it over.''

Tina Charles, who helped lead the United States to a gold medal at the London Games, had just four points and 12 rebounds, while fellow Olympian Asjha Jones sat out due to a strained left Achilles' tendon - an injury she was dealing with before the break.

Connecticut dropped to 8-2 on the road and had its lead over second-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference cut to three games.

While the Olympic break helped teams like the Liberty get healthy and refreshed, Thibault believes it disrupted the Sun's momentum.

``It helped some players individually get some work in,'' he said, ``but it didn't help our team in the sense of having a rhythm because you're practicing every day without your two starting post players.''

New York scored the first six points of the third quarter to stretch a four-point halftime lead to double digits. Pierson had a layup and Pondexter made two baskets to make it 45-35 with about 7 minutes left in the period.

The Sun pulled within six points twice, but Leilani Mitchell countered with 3s both times to extend the Liberty's lead back out again. Mitchell finished 3 for 3 from beyond the arc.

``Everybody knows Leilani, when she shoots she has a pretty good chance to make it,'' Pondexter said. ``It's just a matter of her being aggressive. She's been putting up shots during the break. I really believe in her and I know her shots will take us a long way.''

Essence Carson had a layup and Pondexter followed with a steal and fast-break basket to extend the advantage to 59-46 with 1:41 remaining in the third.

New York's 8-2 run to open the fourth quarter stretched the lead to 67-50 with 6:54 remaining, and Connecticut got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Pondexter's 3 with 4:14 remaining put the Liberty up 73-54 for their largest lead of the game.

New York moved two games behind Chicago and Atlanta for third place in the East, and 7 1/2 behind the Sun.

``I don't think anybody's given up,'' Liberty coach John Whisenant said. ``We're still in it, you look at Chicago and Atlanta and Indiana that are just two or three games ahead of us. We just got to win ... We figure we got to get to .500, win 11 of our (remaining) games, and we've won one of them.''

Connecticut finished with a 39-30 rebounding edge, but committed 17 turnovers - which led to 19 points for New York. Whisenant was also pleased his team held Charles nearly 15 points below her season average.

``Tina Charles is the best rebounder in the league in the last 3 or four years,'' he said. ``She's a monster in there, she gets double digits and we're not going to match that. We don't have anyone who can do that. ... We did a good job keeping her out of (the scoring), and to do that we had to do relays because that's a physically wearing effort.''

Trailing by eight late in the first quarter, the Liberty used a 13-2 run to take a 25-22 lead with 5:22 to go before halftime. The Sun tied the score twice, the last time on Kara Lawson's jumper with 4:16 left in the first half that evened it at 27-all.

Kara Braxton followed with a layup and Pondexter hit a 3 to put the Liberty ahead by five a little more than a minute later.

Hightower and Mims made consecutive baskets in the final minute to pull Connecticut within one, but Pondexter's 3 from 25 feet out at the buzzer gave the Liberty a 39-35 lead at the break.

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Sun
Liberty
     
    • 42.0%

    • 45.3%

    • 23.5%

    • 37.5%

    • 80.0%

    • 83.3%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
CON NYL
Total Rebounds 8 6
Offensive Rebounds 12 9
Turnovers 17 6
Fast Break Pts: 4 12
Biggest Lead: 8 19
Points in the Paint: 38 46
CON NYL
p Montgomery   16 Pondexter   24
rb Charles   12 Vaughn   7
a Lawson   4 Pondexter   5
s 3 players   1 Pondexter   5
b 3 players   1 2 players   2
 
  • 05/19 - CON 78 @ NYL 73
  • 05/20 - NYL 77 @ CON 92
  • 06/15 - NYL 55 @ CON 97
  • 08/16 - CON 66 @ NYL 79
  • 08/18 - NYL 74 @ CON 85
Connecticut Sun (15-5)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Mims F 25:30 6-11 0-0 0-0 -14 4 1 5 0 3 0 3 1 2 12
K. Greene G 18:07 0-5 0-3 0-0 -3 1 3 4 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
T. Charles C 26:07 1-7 0-0 2-2 -9 5 7 12 2 3 0 1 1 0 4
K. Lawson G 27:02 4-11 0-4 0-0 -4 1 7 8 4 1 0 1 0 1 8
A. Hightower G 21:27 5-9 2-3 0-0 -4 0 1 1 0 2 1 2 0 1 12
K. Griffin   17:28 4-6 0-0 1-2 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 9
T. White   21:57 2-3 1-2 0-0 -7 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 5
R. Montgomery   23:00 7-15 1-4 1-1 -12 1 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 1 16
D. McCray   08:27 0-2 0-1 0-0 -9 0 2 2 0 1 0 4 0 1 0
J. Moore   10:55 0-0 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
A. Jones DND - Strained Left Achilles
Total   200 29-69 4-17 4-5   12 27 39 12 11 3 17 3 6 66
  42.0% 23.5% 80.0%   team rebs: 8 total to: 17
New York Liberty (7-12)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
N. Powell F 23:48 1-4 0-3 0-0 +12 1 5 6 3 0 3 1 1 0 2
P. Pierson F 24:07 8-14 0-1 0-0 +13 2 2 4 2 2 1 2 0 1 16
K. Vaughn C 27:10 3-7 0-0 0-0 +9 1 6 7 2 3 1 1 2 0 6
L. Mitchell G 35:32 3-4 3-3 0-0 +12 1 4 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 9
C. Pondexter G 32:19 9-23 3-8 3-3 +14 0 0 0 5 2 5 0 1 1 24
D. Walker   15:53 2-4 0-0 2-2 0 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
E. Carson   23:44 4-12 0-1 0-1 +6 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 2 0 8
K. Braxton   12:50 3-6 0-0 0-0 +4 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 6
A. Montgomery   04:37 1-1 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
K. Cain DNP - Coach's Decision
K. Redmon DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 34-75 6-16 5-6   9 21 30 18 10 12 6 6 3 79
  45.3% 37.5% 83.3%   team rebs: 6 total to: 8

inactive

  • Sun: --
  • Liberty: --

technical fouls

  • Sun: Lawson
  • Liberty: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 2
  • Times Tied: 5

arena stats

  • Arena: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
  • Officials: #49 Kevin Sparrock, #9 Denise Brooks, #8 Daryl Humphrey
  • Attendance: 5865
  • Duration: 1:40
Connecticut Sun (15-5) New York Liberty (7-12)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Vaughn vs Charles (Mitchell gains possession) 
  09:37 Pierson Layup Shot: Missed 
Greene Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:35  
Mims Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Pierson (1 ST)  09:29  
  09:23 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:21 Pierson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:20
[NYL 2-0]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Mims Driving Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:57
[CON 2-2]
 
  08:41 Powell 3pt Shot: Missed 
Greene Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:39  
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  08:31  
Charles Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:29  
Charles Jump Shot: Missed  08:26  
  08:24 Vaughn Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:11 Pondexter Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Charles Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:09  
Lawson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:54
[CON 4-2]
 
  07:34
[NYL 4-4]
Vaughn Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Pierson (1 AST) 
  07:29 Pierson Foul: Personal Block (1 PF) 
Charles Layup Shot: Missed  07:22  
Mims Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  07:20  
Mims Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  07:19
[CON 6-4]
 
  07:06 Powell 3pt Shot: Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:04  
Mims Layup Shot: Missed Block: Vaughn (1 BLK)  06:56  
Team Rebound  06:56  
Charles Substitution replaced by Griffin  06:56  
  06:56 Pierson Substitution replaced by Walker 
Mims Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  06:43  
  06:30 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:29  
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  06:22  
  06:21 Mitchell Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:14 Mitchell Jump Shot: Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:12  
Hightower Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  05:56
[CON 8-4]
 
  05:43
[NYL 6-8]
Walker Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Mims Foul: Offensive (1 PF)  05:33  
Mims Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  05:33  
Mims Substitution replaced by Charles  05:33  
  05:33 Powell Substitution replaced by Carson 
  05:20 Vaughn Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:18 Carson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  05:08 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:06 Walker Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  04:49
[NYL 8-8]
Pondexter Driving Bank shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  04:42 Vaughn Foul: Shooting (1 PF) 
  04:42  
  04:42 Vaughn Substitution replaced by Braxton 
Greene Substitution replaced by White  04:42  
Griffin Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:42  
Team Rebound  04:42  
Griffin Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  04:42
[CON 9-8]
 
  04:24 Walker Jump Shot: Missed 
Charles Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:23  
Griffin Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: White (1 AST)  04:01
[CON 11-8]
 
  03:43 Carson Driving Jump shot: Missed 
  03:42 Braxton Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  03:37 Carson Jump Shot: Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  03:35  
Hightower 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Lawson (1 AST)  03:27
[CON 14-8]
 
Charles Foul: Personal (1 PF)  03:11  
  03:11 Walker Substitution replaced by Pierson 
Lawson Substitution replaced by Montgomery  03:11  
  03:04
[NYL 10-14]
Pierson Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Carson (1 AST) 
Hightower Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Charles (1 AST)  02:50
[CON 16-10]
 
Hightower Foul: Personal (1 PF)  02:42  
Griffin Substitution replaced by Mims  02:42  
Hightower Substitution replaced by McCray  02:42  
  02:42 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Powell 
  02:31 Pierson Jump Shot: Missed 
Charles Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  02:29  
Charles Jump Shot: Missed  02:18  
Charles Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  02:16  
Montgomery Floating Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  02:11
[CON 18-10]
 
  01:50
[NYL 12-18]
Pierson Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Carson (2 AST) 
White Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  01:35  
  01:35 Braxton Substitution replaced by Vaughn 
White Violation:Kicked Ball  01:28  
  01:21 Pierson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Montgomery (1 ST) 
Montgomery Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  01:17
[CON 20-12]
 
  00:55.3
[NYL 14-20]
Pierson Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Charles Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Powell (1 ST)  00:39.9  
  00:29.9 Vaughn Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:29.1  
McCray Jump Shot: Missed Block: Powell (1 BLK)  00:10.2  
Team Rebound  00:09.4  
McCray Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Powell (2 ST)  00:08.9  
  00:02.8
[NYL 16-20]
Pondexter Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
End of 1st Qtr
Connecticut Sun (15-5) New York Liberty (7-12)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
Mims Jump Shot: Missed  09:40  
  09:39 Powell Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:23 Carson Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  09:22  
Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed  09:08  
  09:06 Team Rebound 
  08:54
[NYL 18-20]
Carson Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Montgomery 3pt Shot: Missed  08:34  
  08:32 Mitchell Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:20 Pierson Foul: Offensive (2 PF) 
  08:20 Pierson Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
  08:20 Carson Substitution replaced by Pondexter 
Mims Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: White (2 AST)  07:59
[CON 22-18]
 
  07:46 Pierson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
McCray Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:44  
McCray Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Pondexter (1 ST)  07:31  
  07:25 Pondexter Layup Shot: Missed 
McCray Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:22  
Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Vaughn (1 ST)  07:09  
  07:00
[NYL 21-22]
Mitchell 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Powell (1 AST) 
Montgomery Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Powell (3 ST)  06:37  
  06:33
[NYL 23-22]
Powell Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:32  
White Substitution replaced by Lawson  06:32  
Montgomery Substitution replaced by Hightower  06:32  
McCray Substitution replaced by Greene  06:32  
  06:32 Pierson Substitution replaced by Walker 
Hightower Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Pondexter (2 ST)  06:09  
  06:04 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
Greene Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:02  
Mims Jump Shot: Missed  05:48  
Mims Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  05:46  
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  05:42  
  05:40 Vaughn Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:22
[NYL 25-22]
Walker Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Powell (2 AST) 
Hightower 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Lawson (2 AST)  05:02
[CON 25-25]
 
Moore Foul: Shooting (1 PF)  04:37  
  04:37
[NYL 26-25]
Walker Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Moore Substitution replaced by Charles  04:37  
Mims Substitution replaced by Griffin  04:37  
  04:37 Vaughn Substitution replaced by Braxton 
  04:37
[NYL 27-25]
Walker Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Lawson Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Charles (2 AST)  04:15
[CON 27-27]
 
  04:01 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  04:00  
  03:59 Mitchell Violation:Kicked Ball 
Hightower Jump Shot: Missed Block: Pondexter (1 BLK)  03:46  
  03:43 Powell Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:35
[NYL 29-27]
Braxton Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Hightower 3pt Shot: Missed  03:23  
  03:21 Mitchell Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  03:11
[NYL 32-27]
Pondexter 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Mitchell (1 AST) 
Griffin Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Lawson (3 AST)  03:05
[CON 29-32]
 
  02:39 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:38 Braxton Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
Lawson Foul: Personal (1 PF)  02:27  
  02:27 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:27 Powell Substitution replaced by Carson 
  02:27 Walker Substitution replaced by Pierson 
Charles Foul: Shooting (2 PF)  02:20  
  02:20
[NYL 33-29]
Pondexter Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  02:20
[NYL 34-29]
Pondexter Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Griffin Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  02:08
[CON 31-34]
 
  01:53 Braxton Jump Shot: Missed 
Charles Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  01:51  
Greene 3pt Shot: Missed  01:41  
  01:40 Mitchell Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  01:35 Braxton Substitution replaced by Vaughn 
Charles Substitution replaced by Mims  01:35  
  01:32
[NYL 36-31]
Pierson Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (1 AST) 
Mims Driving Jump shot: Missed Block: Vaughn (2 BLK)  01:08  
  01:05 Vaughn Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:00 Carson Jump Shot: Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:58.9  
Hightower Pullup Jump shot: Made (12 PTS)  00:46.2
[CON 33-36]
 
  00:31.9 Vaughn Jump Shot: Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:29.9  
Mims Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Greene (1 AST)  00:23.3
[CON 35-36]
 
  00:00.0
[NYL 39-35]
Pondexter 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
End of 2nd Qtr
Connecticut Sun (15-5) New York Liberty (7-12)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
Greene Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (1 TO)  09:42  
  09:29 Pierson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Mims (1 BLK) 
  09:26 Pierson Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  09:24 Vaughn Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Hightower (1 ST) 
Hightower Running Jump Shot: Missed  09:17  
  09:15 Pierson Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  09:04 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
Charles Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  09:02  
  08:52 Vaughn Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Lawson Jump Shot: Missed  08:45  
  08:43 Powell Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:35
[NYL 41-35]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (2 AST) 
Greene 3pt Shot: Missed  08:21  
  08:19 Powell Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  08:02 Pierson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  08:00  
Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Pondexter (3 ST)  07:55  
  07:51
[NYL 43-35]
Pondexter Driving Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Greene Jump Shot: Missed  07:31  
Lawson Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  07:29  
Hightower Foul: Offensive (2 PF)  07:24  
Hightower Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  07:24  
  07:02
[NYL 45-35]
Pondexter Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Mitchell (2 AST) 
Hightower Jump Shot: Missed  06:39  
Mims Rebound (Off:3 Def:0)  06:37  
Mims Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)  06:36
[CON 37-45]
 
  06:21 Powell Turnover : Double Dribble (1 TO) 
Greene Substitution replaced by Montgomery  06:21  
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  06:03  
Charles Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  06:01  
  06:00 Pondexter Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  06:00 Pierson Substitution replaced by Carson 
  06:00 Powell Substitution replaced by Walker 
Montgomery Pullup Jump shot: Made (6 PTS)  05:55
[CON 39-45]
 
  05:41
[NYL 48-39]
Mitchell 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Vaughn (1 AST) 
Charles Jump Shot: Missed  05:19  
  05:18 Vaughn Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  05:00
[NYL 50-39]
Carson Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Mims Foul: Shooting (2 PF)  05:00  
  05:00 Pondexter Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
  05:00 Carson Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Hightower Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:59  
Montgomery Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  04:45
[CON 41-50]
 
  04:45 Montgomery Foul: Shooting (1 PF) 
  04:45  
Mims Substitution replaced by Griffin  04:45  
Montgomery Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS)  04:45
[CON 42-50]
 
Charles Foul: Personal (3 PF)  04:34  
  04:27 Vaughn Jump Shot: Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  04:25  
Griffin Jump Shot: Missed  04:13  
  04:11 Vaughn Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  03:48 Carson 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:47 Team Rebound 
  03:47 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Lawson Substitution replaced by White  03:47  
Montgomery Driving Bank Hook Shot: Made (11 PTS)  03:35
[CON 44-50]
 
  03:23
[NYL 53-44]
Mitchell 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Vaughn (2 AST) 
  03:01 Vaughn Substitution replaced by Pierson 
  03:01 Walker Substitution replaced by Braxton 
  03:01 Montgomery Substitution replaced by Pondexter 
Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed Block: Carson (1 BLK)  02:55  
Montgomery Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:52  
Montgomery Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Pondexter (4 ST)  02:51  
  02:44
[NYL 55-44]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (3 AST) 
Hightower Substitution replaced by McCray  02:23  
Charles Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: White (3 AST)  02:21
[CON 46-55]
 
McCray Foul: Personal (1 PF)  02:05  
  02:03
[NYL 57-46]
Carson Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (4 AST) 
McCray Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Pondexter (5 ST)  01:45  
  01:41
[NYL 59-46]
Pondexter Driving Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  01:41  
  01:29 Braxton Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
McCray Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Carson (1 ST)  01:20  
  01:05 Mitchell Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Griffin (1 ST) 
Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed  00:56.9  
Charles Rebound (Off:4 Def:5)  00:54.9  
Griffin Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Braxton (1 ST)  00:49.8  
  00:29.9 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
White Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:28.3  
McCray 3pt Shot: Missed  00:07.9  
Team Rebound  00:06.4  
McCray Substitution replaced by Lawson  00:06.4  
Lawson Step Back Jump shot: Made (6 PTS)  00:01.8
[CON 48-59]
 
  00:00.4 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Qtr
Connecticut Sun (15-5) New York Liberty (7-12)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
  09:39 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
  09:37 Mitchell Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  09:26
[NYL 61-48]
Pondexter Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Carson (3 AST) 
Griffin Jump Shot: Missed  09:14  
  09:14 Team Rebound 
  09:01
[NYL 63-48]
Braxton Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Carson (4 AST) 
  08:46 Pondexter Foul: Shooting (2 PF) 
Charles Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  08:46
[CON 49-63]
 
Griffin Substitution replaced by Mims  08:46  
  08:46 Pierson Substitution replaced by Walker 
Charles Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  08:46
[CON 50-63]
 
  08:22
[NYL 65-50]
Braxton Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Charles Jump Shot: Missed  08:00  
  07:58 Walker Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:44 Braxton Jump Shot: Missed 
Charles Rebound (Off:4 Def:6)  07:44  
  07:44 Pondexter Substitution replaced by Powell 
  07:44 Jump Ball Walker vs Charles (Lawson gains possession) 
Lawson Jump Shot: Missed  07:34  
Charles Rebound (Off:5 Def:6)  07:32  
Charles Jump Bank Shot: Missed  07:25  
  07:23 Powell Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  07:09 Braxton Jump Shot: Missed Block: Charles (1 BLK) 
Charles Rebound (Off:5 Def:7)  07:07  
Lawson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Carson (2 BLK)  07:02  
  07:00 Carson Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  06:54
[NYL 67-50]
Carson Jump Bank Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Montgomery 3pt Shot: Missed  06:45  
  06:43 Walker Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  06:20 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
  06:20 Mitchell Substitution replaced by Pondexter 
  06:20 Walker Substitution replaced by Vaughn 
  06:20 Braxton Substitution replaced by Pierson 
Montgomery Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS)  06:09
[CON 52-67]
 
  05:57 Carson Jump Shot: Missed 
Mims Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  05:55  
Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed  05:46  
  05:44 Pierson Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  05:37 Powell 3pt Shot: Missed 
Montgomery Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:35  
Team Timeout : Regular  05:32  
Lawson Technical  05:32  
Charles Substitution replaced by Moore  05:32  
  05:32
[NYL 68-52]
Pondexter Free Throw Technical (21 PTS) 
Mims Layup Shot: Missed  05:21  
  05:19 Vaughn Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  05:14
[NYL 70-52]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (5 AST) 
White Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS)  04:55
[CON 54-70]
 
Mims Foul: Personal (3 PF)  04:34  
  04:34 Carson Substitution replaced by Mitchell 
  04:30 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed Block: White (1 BLK) 
  04:30 Team Rebound 
  04:16 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:16 Powell Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  04:13
[NYL 73-54]
Pondexter 3pt Shot: Made (24 PTS) Assist: Powell (3 AST) 
Lawson Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  04:03
[CON 56-73]
 
  03:40 Pierson Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:38 Vaughn Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  03:36
[NYL 75-56]
Vaughn Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed  03:24  
Mims Rebound (Off:4 Def:1)  03:23  
Mims Jump Bank Shot: Made (12 PTS)  03:22
[CON 58-75]
 
  02:57
[NYL 77-58]
Vaughn Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Pierson (2 AST) 
Montgomery 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Lawson (4 AST)  02:46
[CON 61-77]
 
  02:38 Team Timeout : Regular 
Mims Substitution replaced by Greene  02:38  
Lawson Substitution replaced by Griffin  02:38  
  02:38 Powell Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
  02:38 Pierson Substitution replaced by Walker 
  02:38 Pondexter Substitution replaced by Carson 
  02:24 Carson Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  02:24 Carson Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Montgomery 3pt Shot: Missed  02:10  
Greene Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  02:08  
  02:00 Vaughn Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
Greene Jump Shot: Missed  01:52  
Team Rebound  01:51  
White 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Greene (2 AST)  01:48
[CON 64-77]
 
  01:25 Walker Jump Shot: Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:23  
White 3pt Shot: Missed  01:16  
  01:14 Walker Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:53.9 Carson Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:50.7 Team Rebound 
  00:50.7 Jump Ball Walker vs Griffin 
  00:42.9 Carson Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Montgomery Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:40.9  
Griffin Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Greene (3 AST)  00:32.9
[CON 66-77]
 
  00:08.2
[NYL 79-66]
Montgomery Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Greene 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.2  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
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usa -- NBA TV National 7:00 pm ET
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
CON
1st East
25
9
7-3
12-5
13-4
NYL
4th East
15
19
6-4
9-8
6-11
 
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rpg
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spg
Lynx Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .473 .
FT% .755 .
Points 86.0 NaN
Rebounds 37.8 NaN
Assists 20.8 NaN
Steals 7.6 NaN
Blocks 4.7 NaN
3-Point % .400 .
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Fever Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .418 .
FT% .814 .
Points 78.3 NaN
Rebounds 32.2 NaN
Assists 16.6 NaN
Steals 9.5 NaN
Blocks 4.3 NaN
3-Point % .400 .
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