Liberty Host Minnesota Lynx

 

Ros Gold-Onwude

 

The New York Liberty host Maya Moore and the star-studded Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday, August 27th, at 7:00pm.

The Liberty (11-16) come off of a 74-66 victory over the Sun in Connecticut on August 25th.  With Cappie Pondexter playing on a wounded heel, Plenette Pierson continued to pick up the slack leading the Liberty with 18 points.  Pierson also grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists.  Cappie Pondexter scrapped together 14 points on 5-16 shooting and Katie Smith scored 13 points on solid 6-11 shooting.  As a team the Liberty shot 46% from the field, outrebounded the Sun 37-30, and only notched 13 turnovers in the game. 

 

The Minnesota Lynx (20-7) are coming off of an 84-77 win over the Indiana Fever on August 24th.  Maya Moore continues to have the hot hand for the star-studded Lynx as she led all scorers with 35 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists.  Seimone Augustus added 17 points and Lindsay Whalen nearly chalked up a triple-double with 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists.  The Lynx shot an impressive 57% from the field and 62% from three (5-8).  They tallied 22 assists in the game and outrebounded Indiana, 30-24.

 

The Liberty and Lynx last matched up on August 18th, with the Lynx prevailing over the Liberty, 88-57, in Minnesota.  Cappie Pondexter did not play in the contest due to a bruised heel injury.  Katie Smith and Alex Montgomery scored 11 points each in the outing.  New York shot 31% from the field and 35% from three compared to 47% and 57%, respectively, by Minnesota.    Maya Moore led the Lynx with 28 points and Seimone Augustus and Janel McCarville each scored 12 points.

 

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Keys To The Game:

Take Away Moore’s “Easy Shots”

Maya Moore has been on fire for the Lynx as of late.  She is good at finding easy points by working hard.  Watch out for her defending passing lanes and avoid turnovers leading to fast break opportunities.  Contest all of her threes- she moves well looking for open shots and sleeping defenses.

 

More Kara Braxton

Kara Braxton’s early momentum seems to have slowed some.  Braxton’s rejuvenated play after the All-Star break helped spark a strong start to the second half of the season for the Liberty.  With Cappie Pondexter struggling with a foot injury and New York fighting for a playoff berth, the Liberty need a consistent big presence from Kara now more than ever.