LIBERTY HOST MYSTICS IN EARLY GAME

Ros Gold-Onwude

The New York Liberty host the Washington Mystics on Tuesday, August 6th in an early day game at 11:00 AM ET at the Prudential Center. The Liberty (8-12) look to bounce back from an 88-66 loss to the Connecticut Sun at the Prudential Center on August 3rd. New York played Connecticut tight in the first half leading by one at the break. In the second half the Liberty were outscored 55-32. Kara Braxton led New York with 18 points on efficient 9-12 shooting. Plenette Pierson scored 17 points and Cappie Pondexter poured in 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in the game. While the “Big Three” managed double digits, they didn’t receive much help on offense. No other Liberty player scored over 4 points in the game. The Liberty recently announced signing free agent guard Janeesa “Chucky” Jeffery to a seven-day contract. Jeffery replaces Samantha Prahalis, who’s second-consecutive seven-day contract expired on Sunday.

The Washington Mystics (9-12) are reeling from a third loss in a row, most recently to the Los Angeles Sparks on August 4th, 75-57. The posts led the way as Crystal Langhorne led the Mystics with 23 points and 7 rebounds and rookie Emma Meesseman scored 9 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in her first start of the season. All-Star guard Ivory Latta struggled with just 5 points on 2-12 shooting and her backcourt mate, Matee Ajavon, only managed 2 points on 1-6 shooting.

The Liberty and Mystics last matched up in Washington on July 31st with New York prevailing, 88-78. Braxton looked refreshed after the All-Star break leading the way with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Pondexter added 19 points and boasted a 9 to 1 assist to turnover ratio in the game. Pierson scored 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds while Bone had a double-double of 15 points, 11 rebounds. While the Mystics only had 11 turnovers in the game Washington was outrebounded 43-34 and held to 36% shooting from the field and 19% shooting from three. Ajavon led Washington with 20 points and Latta added 11. Langhorne was held to just 8 points.

Keys To The Game:
Balanced Scoring.
In past “keys to game” sections we asked the “top dogs” to come alive. In the second half of the season Cappie, Plenette, and Kara have scored their share of points. However, basketball is a team game, the Liberty need a few role players to chip in 6 or 8 points on kick-outs, offensive rebounds, run-outs, and other blue collar plays. Specifically, the Liberty need Alex Montgomery, Katie Smith and Kamiko Williams to start connecting, given the amount of minutes they play and potential they have.

Go Inside.
Liberty posts are playing well, thus, keep getting them touches. Aggressive play in the post not only produces points, but also puts Washington star Crystal Langhorne at risk of fouling.

Where to watch: The game will be televised on MSG+ and is also available on WNBA Live Access.