Liberty Visit Connecticut Sun

Ros Gold-Onwude

The New York Liberty visit the Connecticut Sun on Sunday, August 25th, at 5:00pm ET.

The Liberty enter the weekend with a record of (10-15) and will first face the Chicago Sky on Friday, August 23rd before matching up against the Connecticut Sun on Sunday. The Liberty are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings (ahead of Connecticut) and two games behind the Washington Mystics. New York heads into weekend matchups after a loss to the Lynx in Minnesota. The Liberty did not have star Cappie Pondexter in the game due to an injury to her heel.

The Connecticut Sun (7-18) come off of a 91-77 loss to the Minnesota Lynx at home. The Lynx totaled five players in double digits to overmatch the Sun. Tina Charles led the Sun with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Renee Montgomery scored 16 points and Tan White added 13 points from the perimeter. As a team the Sun gave up 17 turnovers. Connecticut announced that all star guard Allison Hightower and rookie guard Kelly Faris will miss the remainder of the season due to injury. Sydney Carter was signed to a seven-day contract and will be available for the game against the Liberty.

The Liberty and Sun last matched up on August 3rd at the Prudential Center where Connecticut prevailed over New York, 88-66. Connecticut shot a red hot 50% from the field and 47% from three. Tina Charles pumped out 21 points and 14 rebounds, Renee Montgomery scored 18 points, Kelsey Griffin poured in 16 points and Allison Hightower added 13 points in the win. The Liberty received a big boost from Kara Braxton’s 18 points and Plenette Pierson’s and Cappie Pondexter’s 17 points, however, struggled with contributions from the rest of the team. No other Liberty player scored over 4 points in the contest.

Keys To The Game:

Guard The Three.
The Liberty allowed the Sun 10 made three pointers in their previous matchup. Connecticut players struggled with shooting percentage as they battled with different lineups and injuries, however, their perimeter is still capable.

Up-tempo Minded.
The Liberty show flashes of being able to play up-tempo basketball, especially with Cappie Pondexter pushing the pace in the lead role. The Liberty could find easier baskets on the go and run their offense before the defense it set. They can look to benefit off of the mobility and speed of posts like Braxton, Pierson, and Milton-Jones.