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By DOUG FEINBERG
Posted Jun 29 2014 6:22PM

NEW YORK (AP) Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer had a simple message to his team - start fast.

All season long the New York Liberty has been plagued by slow starts. For one of the rare times this year, the team played a strong first 20 minutes and had just enough to hold on for a victory, beating Connecticut 67-65 Sunday.

''Definitely, we engraved that in our minds,'' said Cappie Pondexter, who led New York with 14 points. ''Coming out of today's game after watching video we saw what we could do better. We came out with a better attitude.''

New York (5-11) has struggled in the first half this season, falling behind by an average of seven points in their losses. On Sunday, they played much better in the game's opening 20 minutes. A balanced offense that saw eight different players score and had New York up 34-31 at the break. It was only the fourth time this year that the Liberty have led at the half. They improved to 3-1 in those games. They are 2-10 when they trailed.

Now they just need to work on finishing. New York built an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter before Connecticut rallied to get within a point in the game's final few minutes.

''We executed a game plan to get a win and we almost shot ourselves in the foot,'' Laimbeer said. ''I wrote on the board after the game two things, `One was we have to play smarter. No question about that. And we have to value two points.' We don't do that very well. Those are two things if we can come to grips with, and understand, and get better at we'll be OK.''

Trailing 63-52 early in the fourth quarter, the Sun rallied behind Alex Bentley and Chiney Ogwumike. Bentley scored seven and Ogwumike added four during a 13-3 run that made it 66-65 with 2:21 left. Connecticut had three chances to take the lead after Ogwumike missed a free throw that would have tied it, but couldn't convert any of them.

New York (5-11) couldn't extend the lead and the Sun had one last chance at victory after Anna Cruz missed a 3-pointer from the corner with 31 seconds left.

Katie Douglas' shot from the top of the key bounced off the front of the rim with 6 seconds left and Cruz hit one free throw for the final margin.

''We had the perfect comeback being written and we tore out the last page,'' said Ogwumike, who had 22 points and a career-best 17 rebounds. ''At least we clawed our way back.''

Connecticut had won six straight before dropping its last two games.

Pondexter led a spirited New York team that had lost six of its past seven games. The Liberty's star guard, who was scoreless for the first time in her career in a loss on Friday night, was much more aggressive on offense Sunday.

''I knew I had to step up for my team and myself,'' Pondexter said. ''Kind of get going early and not wait and get myself in a rut. I'm happy with my performance, but I know I can do better.''

New York led 56-52 early in the fourth quarter before the duo scored seven straight, including a three-point play by Charles and a layup by Pondexter that brought the crowd to its feet and made it 63-52 with 6:52 left.

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Sun
Liberty
     
    • 35.6%

    • 41.0%

    • 20.0%

    • 20.0%

    • 71.4%

    • 82.4%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
CON NYL
Total Rebounds 5 9
Offensive Rebounds 15 6
Turnovers 16 15
Fast Break Pts: 10 4
Biggest Lead: 7 11
Points in the Paint: 36 34
CON NYL
p Ogwumike   22 2 players   14
rb Ogwumike   17 Montgomery   8
a Douglas   5 2 players   3
s Griffin   2 Rodgers   4
b 2 players   1 3 players   1
 
  • 05/16 - NYL 75 @ CON 54
  • 06/13 - CON 83 @ NYL 75
  • 06/15 - NYL 72 @ CON 76
  • 06/29 - CON 65 @ NYL 67
  • 08/08 - CON 66 @ NYL 71
Connecticut Sun (8-8)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C. Ogwumike F 34:30 8-14 0-0 6-7 -2 8 9 17 0 3 1 3 1 0 22
A. Thomas F 34:36 2-7 0-0 1-2 +11 2 3 5 3 2 1 3 1 0 5
K. Bone F-C 31:14 6-13 0-0 1-3 +7 4 4 8 1 4 1 3 0 1 13
A. Bentley G 29:17 8-18 2-4 0-0 +3 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 0 18
K. Douglas G-F 32:37 1-12 1-9 0-0 -3 1 7 8 5 3 1 3 0 0 3
K. Griffin   08:10 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 2 1 1 2 0 0 1 0
R. Montgomery   10:43 1-5 0-1 0-0 -5 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 2
A. Hightower   12:47 0-2 0-1 2-2 -12 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
K. Pedersen   06:06 0-0 0-0 0-0 -9 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
K. Cain DNP - Coach's Decision
K. Faris DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 26-73 3-15 10-14   15 29 44 14 17 7 16 2 3 65
  35.6% 20.0% 71.4%   team rebs: 5 total to: 16
New York Liberty (5-11)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
A. Montgomery G-F 33:19 2-8 2-6 0-0 -2 2 6 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 6
A. Warley-Talbert C 11:31 0-1 0-0 0-0 -1 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 0 0
T. Charles C 33:42 5-14 0-0 4-5 -3 2 3 5 3 3 2 2 1 0 14
A. Cruz G 26:25 2-6 0-2 3-4 +1 0 3 3 3 3 1 0 0 0 7
C. Pondexter G 36:13 6-15 0-4 2-2 -2 1 2 3 2 0 1 2 1 0 14
S. Rodgers   17:22 2-6 1-3 2-2 +5 1 5 6 2 0 4 3 1 1 7
P. Pierson   20:31 5-6 0-0 2-2 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 4 0 0 12
C. Houston   06:41 1-2 0-0 0-0 +4 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 2
S. McKinney   02:15 0-0 0-0 0-0 +5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Milton-Jones   12:01 2-3 0-0 1-2 +3 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 5
E. Carson DNP - Coach's Decision
C. Jeffery DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 25-61 3-15 14-17   6 26 32 13 16 9 15 3 2 67
  41.0% 20.0% 82.4%   team rebs: 9 total to: 15

inactive

  • Sun: McCray
  • Liberty: --

technical fouls

  • Sun: --
  • Liberty: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 9
  • Times Tied: 4

arena stats

  • Arena: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • Officials: #42 Roy Gulbeyan, #35 Billy Smith, #34 Maj Forsberg
  • Attendance: 7023
  • Duration: 1:53
Connecticut Sun (8-8) New York Liberty (5-11)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Charles vs Ogwumike (Bentley gains possession) 
Ogwumike Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:50
[CON 2-0]
 
  09:34 Charles Hook Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:33  
Bone Hook Shot: Missed  09:17  
  09:16 Cruz Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:04
[NYL 3-2]
Montgomery 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Charles (1 AST) 
Thomas Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  08:40  
  08:18 Montgomery 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bone Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:17  
Bentley Driving Jump shot: Missed  08:09  
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:08  
Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed  08:05  
  08:04 Charles Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:49 Cruz Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Douglas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:47  
Bone Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Warley-Talbert (1 ST)  07:36  
  07:27
[NYL 5-2]
Cruz Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  07:17 Cruz Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Bone Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  07:17  
Team Rebound  07:17  
Bone Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  07:17
[CON 3-5]
 
  07:00 Warley-Talbert Jump Shot: Missed 
Thomas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:59  
Ogwumike Foul: Offensive Charge (1 PF)  06:52  
Ogwumike Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  06:52  
  06:34 Warley-Talbert Foul: Offensive Charge (1 PF) 
  06:34 Warley-Talbert Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Ogwumike Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Thomas (1 AST)  06:17
[CON 5-5]
 
  06:06 Jump Ball Charles vs Ogwumike 
  05:55 Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:54  
Douglas 3pt Shot: Missed  05:36  
  05:35 Montgomery Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:26
[NYL 8-5]
Montgomery 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Cruz (1 AST) 
Bentley 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS)  05:15
[CON 8-8]
 
  05:04 Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed 
Thomas Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:03  
Ogwumike Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Thomas (2 AST)  04:59
[CON 10-8]
 
  04:42 Charles Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Douglas Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:40  
Bone Jump Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Douglas (1 AST)  04:31
[CON 12-8]
 
  04:15
[NYL 10-12]
Pondexter Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Warley-Talbert (1 AST) 
Bentley Floating Jump shot: Made (5 PTS)  03:49
[CON 14-10]
 
  03:28 Pondexter Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Douglas (1 ST) 
Thomas Driving Layup Shot: Missed  03:22  
  03:21 Charles Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Bone Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  03:12  
  03:12  
  03:12 Warley-Talbert Substitution replaced by Rodgers 
  03:12 Cruz Substitution replaced by Pierson 
  03:12 Charles Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:12 Team Rebound 
  03:12
[NYL 11-14]
Charles Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Griffin  03:12  
Bentley Substitution replaced by Montgomery  03:12  
Thomas Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Montgomery (1 AST)  02:53
[CON 16-11]
 
  02:42 Pierson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Bone Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Griffin (1 AST)  02:18
[CON 18-11]
 
  02:03 Pierson Turnover : Poss Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO) 
Thomas Substitution replaced by Hightower  02:03  
Bone Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  01:47  
  01:37
[NYL 13-18]
Pondexter Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed  01:28  
  01:27 Rodgers Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:15 Montgomery 3pt Shot: Missed 
Douglas Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:14  
Montgomery Layup Shot: Missed Block: Rodgers (1 BLK)  01:06  
  01:05 Team Rebound 
Bone Substitution replaced by Ogwumike  01:05  
  01:04 Montgomery Substitution replaced by Houston 
  00:50.6 Houston Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Griffin (1 ST) 
Griffin Substitution replaced by Pedersen  00:48.6  
Douglas Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Rodgers (1 ST)  00:38.9  
  00:28.9
[NYL 15-18]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Montgomery Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  00:20.2
[CON 20-15]
 
Pedersen Foul: Personal (1 PF)  00:07.8  
  00:02.9 Houston Jump Shot: Missed 
Hightower Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:02.0  
Douglas 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.6  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Qtr
Connecticut Sun (8-8) New York Liberty (5-11)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
  09:42
[NYL 17-20]
Pierson Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rodgers (1 AST) 
Montgomery Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Rodgers (2 ST)  09:24  
  09:15
[NYL 19-20]
Houston Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Pierson (1 AST) 
Montgomery Jump Shot: Missed  08:49  
  08:48 Pierson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Montgomery Violation:Kicked Ball  08:43  
  08:35
[NYL 22-20]
Rodgers 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Hightower Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  08:22  
Pedersen Substitution replaced by Bone  08:06  
Douglas Substitution replaced by Thomas  08:06  
  07:59 Rodgers Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ogwumike (1 ST) 
Thomas Layup Shot: Missed  07:47  
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  07:47  
Ogwumike Layup Shot: Missed  07:45  
Bone Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  07:45  
Bone Putback Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  07:45
[CON 22-22]
 
  07:45 Houston Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
  07:45 Pierson Substitution replaced by Milton-Jones 
  07:45 McKinney Substitution replaced by Charles 
Montgomery Substitution replaced by Bentley  07:45  
Bone Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  07:45  
  07:44 Milton-Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:22 Charles Jump Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  07:21  
  07:19 Charles Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  07:15 Houston Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Thomas Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  07:15
[CON 23-22]
 
  07:15 Houston Substitution replaced by Montgomery 
Thomas Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  07:15  
  07:12 Milton-Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:58 Rodgers 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  06:56  
Bentley Jump Shot: Missed  06:51  
Team Rebound  06:50  
  06:50 Charles Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Thomas Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Rodgers (3 ST)  06:43  
  06:35 Rodgers Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Bentley (1 ST) 
Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed  06:31  
  06:29 Rodgers Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Bone Foul: Personal (2 PF)  06:13  
  06:13 Rodgers Substitution replaced by Pondexter 
  06:03
[NYL 24-23]
Cruz Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Bentley Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Cruz (1 ST)  05:54  
  05:42 Milton-Jones Jump Shot: Missed 
Hightower Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:41  
Bone Jump Shot: Missed  05:31  
  05:30 Montgomery Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:18 Charles Hook Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  05:17  
Bentley 3pt Shot: Missed  04:56  
  04:55 Milton-Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:36 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:35 Montgomery Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:24 Cruz 3pt Shot: Missed 
Thomas Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:23  
  04:18 Cruz Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
  04:18 Team Timeout : Regular 
Thomas Substitution replaced by Douglas  04:18  
Hightower Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  04:18
[CON 24-24]
 
Hightower Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  04:18
[CON 25-24]
 
  04:07
[NYL 26-25]
Pondexter Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Charles (2 AST) 
Douglas Jump Shot: Missed  03:44  
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  03:42  
Ogwumike Putback Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  03:41
[CON 27-26]
 
  03:21
[NYL 28-27]
Milton-Jones Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Charles (3 AST) 
Hightower Jump Shot: Missed  03:05  
  03:04 Charles Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:52
[NYL 30-27]
Charles Hook Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:51  
Bone Substitution replaced by Thomas  02:51  
Hightower Substitution replaced by Griffin  02:51  
  02:51 Milton-Jones Substitution replaced by Pierson 
Douglas 3pt Shot: Missed  02:35  
  02:34 Cruz Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:21 Charles Jump Shot: Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:20  
Bentley Jump Shot: Missed  02:14  
  02:12 Pondexter Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Bentley Foul: Personal (1 PF)  02:01  
  02:01 Charles Substitution replaced by Warley-Talbert 
  02:01 Cruz Substitution replaced by Rodgers 
  01:47 Rodgers Jump Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  01:46  
Griffin Layup Shot: Missed Block: Pondexter (1 BLK)  01:29  
  01:27 Warley-Talbert Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:19 Rodgers Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Griffin (2 ST) 
  01:19 Jump Ball Rodgers vs Griffin (Bentley gains possession) 
Thomas Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  01:13
[CON 29-30]
 
  00:56.5
[NYL 32-29]
Pierson Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Douglas 3pt Shot: Missed  00:50.9  
  00:49.9 Rodgers Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:29.9 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
Douglas Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  00:28.9  
Bentley Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Rodgers (4 ST)  00:22.9  
  00:18.3
[NYL 34-29]
Rodgers Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Bentley Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS)  00:04.2
[CON 31-34]
 
  00:00.3 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Qtr
Connecticut Sun (8-8) New York Liberty (5-11)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
Thomas Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  09:46  
  09:46
[NYL 35-31]
Charles Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  09:46
[NYL 36-31]
Charles Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Ogwumike Hook Shot: Missed  09:31  
  09:29 Pondexter Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:21 Charles Layup Shot: Missed 
Bone Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  09:20  
Ogwumike Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Douglas (2 AST)  09:14
[CON 33-36]
 
  08:55
[NYL 38-33]
Pondexter Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Cruz (2 AST) 
Douglas 3pt Shot: Missed  08:40  
  08:39 Warley-Talbert Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Ogwumike Foul: Personal (2 PF)  08:39  
  08:31 Pondexter Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO) 
Bentley Jump Shot: Missed  08:15  
Thomas Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  08:14  
  08:14 Cruz Violation:Jump Ball 
  08:14 Jump Ball Warley-Talbert vs Thomas 
  08:01 Warley-Talbert Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Bentley Jump Shot: Missed  07:54  
Bone Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  07:53  
Bone Layup Shot: Missed  07:52  
  07:51 Team Rebound 
  07:35 Warley-Talbert Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Thomas (1 ST) 
Thomas Jump Shot: Missed  07:19  
Team Rebound  07:18  
  07:18 Warley-Talbert Substitution replaced by Pierson 
Bone Jump Shot: Missed Block: Charles (1 BLK)  07:12  
Team Rebound  07:11  
Bentley 3pt Shot: Missed  06:57  
Douglas Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  06:56  
Bentley Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Douglas (3 AST)  06:39
[CON 35-38]
 
  06:36 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:36 Cruz Substitution replaced by Rodgers 
  06:19
[NYL 40-35]
Charles Hook Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Rodgers (2 AST) 
Douglas Driving Layup Shot: Missed  05:55  
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:4 Def:6)  05:54  
  05:54 Pierson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  05:54
[CON 36-40]
 
Ogwumike Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  05:54
[CON 37-40]
 
  05:40 Jump Ball Charles vs Ogwumike (Charles gains possession) 
  05:27 Rodgers 3pt Shot: Missed 
Douglas Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  05:26  
Douglas Turnover : Kicked Ball Violation (2 TO)  05:25  
  05:17 Pondexter Layup Shot: Missed 
  05:16 Rodgers Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
Bone Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  05:16  
  05:16
[NYL 41-37]
Rodgers Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Bentley Substitution replaced by Hightower  05:16  
Douglas Substitution replaced by Montgomery  05:16  
Bone Substitution replaced by Griffin  05:16  
  05:16
[NYL 42-37]
Rodgers Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Ogwumike Jump Shot: Missed  05:01  
  05:00 Rodgers Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  04:54 Rodgers Jump Shot: Missed Block: Ogwumike (1 BLK) 
  04:51 Charles Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  04:48
[NYL 44-37]
Charles Putback Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Thomas Layup Shot: Missed  04:44  
  04:43 Rodgers Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  04:23 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:4 Def:7)  04:22  
Montgomery 3pt Shot: Missed  04:00  
  03:59 Montgomery Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  03:43 Charles Substitution replaced by Milton-Jones 
  03:43 Jump Ball Montgomery vs Hightower (Pondexter gains possession) 
  03:33 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
Griffin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:32  
Ogwumike Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Montgomery (2 AST)  03:22
[CON 39-44]
 
  03:06
[NYL 46-39]
Milton-Jones Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Montgomery (1 AST) 
Hightower 3pt Shot: Missed  02:54  
  02:53 Team Rebound 
Griffin Foul: Personal (1 PF)  02:52  
  02:52 Montgomery Substitution replaced by Houston 
Team Timeout : Short  02:52  
  02:52 Team Violation : Delay Of Game 
Thomas Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA)  02:40  
  02:40
[NYL 47-39]
Pierson Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  02:40
[NYL 48-39]
Pierson Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Griffin Hook Shot: Missed  02:21  
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:5 Def:7)  02:20  
  02:20 Houston Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS)  02:20
[CON 40-48]
 
Griffin Substitution replaced by Bone  02:20  
Ogwumike Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS)  02:20
[CON 41-48]
 
  02:05
[NYL 50-41]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
  01:41 Houston Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS)  01:41
[CON 42-50]
 
  01:41 Milton-Jones Substitution replaced by Charles 
Hightower Substitution replaced by Douglas  01:41  
Ogwumike Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS)  01:41
[CON 43-50]
 
  01:29 Charles Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Douglas Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  01:28  
Bone Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Thomas (3 AST)  01:21
[CON 45-50]
 
  01:01
[NYL 52-45]
Pierson Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Pondexter (2 AST) 
Ogwumike Driving Layup Shot: Missed  00:44.9  
  00:43.9 Team Rebound 
Ogwumike Substitution replaced by Pedersen  00:43.9  
  00:24.9 Charles Jump Shot: Missed 
Bone Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  00:23.8  
Bone Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Pedersen (1 AST)  00:04.5
[CON 47-52]
 
  00:04.5 Pierson Turnover : Inbound Turnover (3 TO) 
Thomas Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Pondexter (1 ST)  00:02.9  
  00:00.5
[NYL 54-47]
Pondexter Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
End of 3rd Qtr
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Thomas Hook Shot: Missed  09:46  
  09:45 Milton-Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  09:26
[NYL 56-47]
Charles Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Douglas 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Bentley (1 AST)  09:09
[CON 50-56]
 
  08:57 Charles Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Bone (1 ST) 
Douglas Foul: Offensive Charge (1 PF)  08:51  
Douglas Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  08:51  
  08:39 Milton-Jones Foul: Offensive (1 PF) 
  08:39 Milton-Jones Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Bentley Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Douglas (4 AST)  08:28
[CON 52-56]
 
Bone Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA)  08:14  
  08:14
[NYL 57-52]
Pondexter Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  08:14 Rodgers Substitution replaced by Cruz 
  08:14
[NYL 58-52]
Pondexter Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Douglas Jump Shot: Missed  07:50  
Bone Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  07:49  
Bone Layup Shot: Missed  07:48  
  07:47 Montgomery Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  07:36 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:35 Pondexter Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  07:21
[NYL 60-52]
Charles Hook Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Cruz (3 AST) 
Pedersen Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA)  07:21  
Pedersen Substitution replaced by Ogwumike  07:21  
  07:21
[NYL 61-52]
Charles Free Throw 1 of 1 (14 PTS) 
Bone Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Charles (1 ST)  07:05  
  06:52
[NYL 63-52]
Pondexter Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:46  
Bone Hook Shot: Missed  06:33  
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:6 Def:7)  06:32  
Bentley 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Bone (1 AST)  06:25
[CON 55-63]
 
Ogwumike Foul: Flagrant Type 1 (3 PF) (2 FTA)  06:25  
  06:25 Milton-Jones Free Throw Flagrant 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:25 Team Rebound 
  06:25
[NYL 64-55]
Milton-Jones Free Throw Flagrant 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Douglas Foul: Personal (2 PF)  06:14  
  06:02 Charles Jump Shot: Missed 
Bone Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  06:01  
Bentley Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS)  05:39
[CON 57-64]
 
  05:19 Pondexter Jump Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:6 Def:8)  05:18  
Bone Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Douglas (5 AST)  05:12
[CON 59-64]
 
Bentley Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA)  04:55  
  04:55
[NYL 65-59]
Cruz Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  04:55 Milton-Jones Substitution replaced by Pierson 
  04:55
[NYL 66-59]
Cruz Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Bentley Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS)  04:36
[CON 61-66]
 
  04:24 Pierson Layup Shot: Missed 
Bentley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:23  
Bentley Jump Shot: Missed  04:05  
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:7 Def:8)  04:03  
Ogwumike Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Charles (2 ST)  04:01  
  03:53 Cruz Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:52 Montgomery Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  03:45 Charles Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Bentley Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  03:31  
  03:30 Montgomery Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  03:25 Pierson Turnover : Poss Lost Ball Turnover (4 TO) 
  03:08 Pierson Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
  03:03 Cruz Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
Bentley Jump Shot: Missed  02:47  
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:8 Def:8)  02:46  
Ogwumike Putback Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS)  02:45
[CON 63-66]
 
  02:31 Pondexter 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bentley Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:29  
Ogwumike Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS)  02:21
[CON 65-66]
 
  02:21 Charles Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA) 
  02:21  
Ogwumike Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  02:21  
Thomas Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  02:20  
Bone Layup Shot: Missed  02:04  
Bone Rebound (Off:4 Def:4)  02:03  
Douglas 3pt Shot: Missed  01:59  
  01:58 Montgomery Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  01:40 Montgomery 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Thomas (1 BLK) 
Douglas Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  01:39  
  01:21 Pierson Foul: Personal Block (3 PF) 
Ogwumike Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  01:09  
  00:55.9 Montgomery 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:54.9 Charles Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  00:32.9 Cruz 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ogwumike Rebound (Off:8 Def:9)  00:31.9  
Team Timeout : Short  00:28.7  
Team Timeout : Regular  00:28.7  
Douglas 3pt Shot: Missed  00:05.8  
  00:05.0 Cruz Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Douglas Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA)  00:01.9  
  00:01.9 Cruz Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:01.9 Team Rebound 
  00:01.9
[NYL 67-65]
Cruz Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Douglas 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.4  
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- NBA TV National 3:00 pm ET
-- MSG Local 3:00 pm ET
-- WCTX Local 3:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
CON
6th East
13
21
3-7
9-8
4-13
NYL
5th East
15
19
5-5
10-7
5-12
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
CON
Ogwumike 15.3
Ogwumike 8.5
Bentley 3.5
Ogwumike 1.4
Griffin 1.4
NYL
Charles 16.9
Charles 9.0
Pondexter 3.9
Charles 0.8
Cruz 1.4
Sky Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .433 .
FT% .810 .
Points 76.2 NaN
Rebounds 34.2 NaN
Assists 16.4 NaN
Steals 7.2 NaN
Blocks 5.9 NaN
3-Point % .332 .
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Mercury Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .484 .
FT% .812 .
Points 83.5 NaN
Rebounds 33.7 NaN
Assists 19.4 NaN
Steals 6.9 NaN
Blocks 6.0 NaN
3-Point % .350 .
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 0
Chicago Sky (0-0)
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Phoenix Mercury (0-0)
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