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Liberty Look for Two in a Row

New York Liberty (4-10) vs. Chicago Sky (6-8)
Pride Night presented by Resorts World Casino
Madison Square Garden | New York
Friday, June 27 | 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast: MSG Network | WNBA Live Access



AT STAKE
The Liberty are looking for their second win in a row. The Sky are up, 2-0, in the season series. In their last matchup, Chicago squeaked out a 105-100 overtime win. Epiphanny Prince scored a personal season-high 30 points

LIBERTY LAST GAME
New York snapped a five-game losing streak with an 85-78 win over the Atlanta Dream at home on Sunday. Cappie Pondexter played through Achilles pain to lead with 23 points (7-8 FGs), 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Tina Charles – one of five Liberty players in double digits — tallied 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Sugar Rodgers added 13 points off the bench and did most of her work in transition, where Pondexter found her with creative passes. Anna Cruz was a defensive catalyst, accumulating four steals and creating chaos by picking up full-court and causing deflections.

SIGNING CHARDE HOUSTON
The Liberty announced that the team has signed forward Charde Houston. Houston is a six-year WNBA veteran with a career average of 9.2 PPG. She won a championship in 2011 with the Minnesota Lynx and was named an All-Star in 2009.

“She has an energy level that she brings and she's proven that she knows how to score in this league”, said Head Coach and General Manager Bill Laimbeer.

SKY'S PREVIOUS GAME
The Sky fell to the Connecticut Sun, 79-69, on Wednesday. Sylvia Fowles, making her season debut after missing the first 13 games with a hip injury, led the Sky with 17 points and 9 rebounds. It was the first time the Sky had their full 12-player roster available all season. Elena Delle Donne returned to the court after missing the last five games due to Lyme disease, but will be out again tonight.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
  1. Post Power Play
    The Sky feature one of the league’s best starting frontcourts The trio accounts for more than 52 points and 22 rebounds per game. Look for Fowles and Breland to step up further still in Delle Donne’s absence.

  2. Traps on Prince
    Epiphanny Prince enjoyed a stellar 30-point performance against the Liberty in their last matchup. Look for New York to be more aggressive when she uses on-the-ball-picks and trap to get the ball out of her hands or slow down her attack.

  3. Warley-Talbert on Fowles
    Don't assume you will see Tina Charles on Fowles in the paint. Laimbeer said he prefers to give Avery Warley-Talbert the more physical assignment in the post. Warley-Talbert has great size, strength, runs the floor well for a post and is a high-energy player.