Liberty Falls to .500 After Loss to Dream

The Liberty’s offense sputtered Tuesday night, with the home team shooting just 36.2% from the field en route to dropping a 79-58 decision at the Prudential Center. With the loss, the Libs fell to 2-2 on the season; but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any positives to come out of the disappointing loss.

Most notably, New York’s pair of young Rutgers vets – fourth-year player Essence Carson and third-year center Kia Vaughn – continued to star, making an early case to be named an Eastern Conference all-star in the early going of the 2011 campaign. Carson finished with a game-high 21 points and eight boards, including 17 points and six rebounds in the first half alone, earning high-praise from her head coach.

“Essence played very well again,” boasted a proud, yet disappointed John Whisenant. “She was our leading rebounder as a guard.”

Still, the athletic guard/forward focused more on the team effort rather than her individual performance following the game.

“It just wasn’t a good day,” she said. “We had some things happen and unfortunately we couldn’t rebound from that. We just dug ourselves so far into a hole; it was so hard to come out.”

Vaughn also impressed for the Liberty, notching a career-high 16 points, doubling her season average while shooting an effective 61.5% from the floor. She also grabbed seven boards and was a force on the defensive end, swatting three shots against a top-notch Dream frontline.

The Liberty now return to the road, where they won their first two games of the season, starting Friday night in Chicago. Tip-off is at 8:30 and can be seen here at nyliberty.com on Live Access.

Notes: Sydney Colson made her professional debut, notching two points, one dime and one steal in just under seven minutes of action … The 58 points were the lowest scored by the Liberty this season … The Dream dished out 22 assists compared to the Liberty’s eight … New York also struggled from behind the arc, shooting just 1 of 12 from downtown.