New York Falls to Lynx on the Road
The loss was the first for New York in its last seven matches against the Lynx, and evened the Liberty's record to 6-6, including a 1-4 mark on the road.
Perhaps sluggish following a seven-hour flight delay, the Liberty had only two players reach double-figure scoring in Shameka Christon and Ashley Battle, who turned in her best performance of the season on Tuesday. The duo accounted for 37 points, while the remaining nine players who suited up combined for 32.
New York was behind the eight-ball almost from the very start. After Cathrine Kraayeveld banked in a running lay-up for the first hoop of the game, Minnesota went on a 10-1 run to stake itself to a lead the Lynx would never surrender. After scoring 28 points in the first quarter of their 105-72 thrashing of the Mercury on Sunday, the Liberty scored only half that amount in the first quarter on Tuesday, knocking down 14 points on 29 percent shooting from the field.
Trailing by 14 going into the second quarter, New York received a spark from Christon and Battle, who combined for 19 of the Liberty's 23 points in the quarter. Highlighted by a Christon four-point play, New York outscored Minnesota to cut the lead to eight at the half, 45-37.
Janel McCarville started the second half with a pretty inside bucket, and it appeared New York had gained some momentum from their second quarter surge as they pulled within six. However, the Lynx went on a 9-3 run -- sparked by the trio of Nicole Ohlde, Seimone Augustus and rookie sensation Candice Wiggans.
On the night, Ohlde recorded 14 points, Wiggins chipped in 15, and Augustus had a game-high 21.
Still, Christon and Battle kept the Liberty within striking distance going into the fourth quarter down just nine points. However, when Christon fouled out with 5:01 remaining and her team behind by 10, New York's hopes suffered a significant blow. Minus their leading scorer, the Liberty did not knock down a single field goal the rest of the way, and they were outscored 14-2 to finish the game.
Turnovers played a pivotal role on Tuesday night. The Liberty turned the ball over 19 times, leading to 19 Minnesota points. New York was also dominated in the paint, being outscored 36-18 down low.
Battle was the highlight of the night for the Liberty, turning in a gutsy performance on both ends of the court. Averaging just 2.6 points per game, the third-year player out of Connecticut got a chance to shine in over 26 minutes of playing time, matching her season-high with 17 points.
Christon, the Liberty's leading scorer, turned in yet another inspiring performance as well. She scored 20 points, and shot 3-for-3 from behind the arch. She also chipped in four rebounds, two assists and a steal on the night.
While the rest of the team struggled offensively, they did contribute in other ways. McCarville recorded a game-high seven rebounds along with four steals, and Loree Moore, in her second game back from a back injury, dished out seven assists.
New York will look for its seventh victory of the season on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden against the Indiana Fever, whom they also face in regular season's centerpiece -- the Liberty Outdoor Classic on July 19.
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