Liberty Visit The Tulsa Shock

Ros Gold-Onwude

 

The New York Liberty visit the Tulsa Shock on Sunday, September 1st, at 4:30pm ET.

The Liberty (11-8) fell to the Indiana Fever at home, 73-67, on August 30th.  New York made a spirited 17-point comeback to take a 54-52 lead going into the fourth quarter.  Their valiant effort fell short as Tamika Catchings tirelessly delivered big bucket after big bucket for her team and finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.  Shavonte Zellous added 21 points for Indiana.  With Cappie Pondexter’s explosiveness compromised by her bruised heel, the rookie Kelsey Bone came off the bench to spark the Liberty scoring 11 of her 13 points in the third quarter.   With the loss New York increases to 2 and ½ games behind Indiana for the fourth and final slot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

 

The Tulsa Shock (9-20) were also defeated on August 30th.  Tulsa fell to the San Antonio Silver Stars, 74-65.  Guard Riquana Williams led Tulsa with 18 points and Glory Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for a double-double.  With rookie guard Angel Goodrich out with illness, Skylar Diggins got the starting nod in the game.  6’8 Liz Cambage has been the hot story for Tulsa in the second half of the season but missed Friday’s game with an ankle injury.

 

It’s been a while since New York and Tulsa last faced off.  The Liberty enjoyed a 78-76 overtime win at the Prudential Center on May 31st in New York’s home opener.  A then-healthy Essence Carson led the Liberty with 18 points and 5 rebounds.  Cappie Pondexter and Kara Braxton each added 13 points.  The Shock were productive inside with Liz Cambage scoring 22 points and Glory Johnson adding 17 points and 11 rebounds.

 

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Keys To The Game:

Toughness In The Paint

The Shock are a dangerous team despite their record.  They play teams tough and a lot of their post-All-Star break success has to do with how aggressive and big they are in the paint.  Glory Johnson consistently attacks the glass and must be boxed out.  If Liz Cambage is able to return from her ankle injury she must be pushed and positioned further from the basket and not allowed lobs over the D.

 

Keep Up Team Play.

It’s clear that Cappie Pondexter is truly disrupted by the heel injury.  Her timing is off and she is less explosive.  Cappie needs less one-on-one plays and more shots created for her.  Against Indiana Alex Montgomery, Kelsey Bone and Plenette Pierson provided help with scoring.  New York will need even more from the entire roster with Cappie struggling through pain.