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Liberty Host Connecticut on Sunday

New York Liberty (4-11) vs. Connecticut Sun (8-7)
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Madison Square Garden | New York
Sunday, June 29 | 3 p.m.

Broadcast: MSG Network | WNBA Live Access



AT STAKE
The Liberty are down 2-1 in the regular season series with Connecticut. After starting the season 1-6, the Sun have been on a roll, jumping up to second place in the Eastern Conference standings. Connecticut's six-game win streak was snapped on Friday.

LIBERTY LAST GAME
The Liberty fell to the Chicago Sky at home, 73-69, on Friday. Tina Charles led New York with 16 points and 8 rebounds, though Cappie Pondexter delivered an uncharacteristic performance, seeming more troubled than usual by her achy Achilles' tendon. The star guard missed all seven shot attempts, held scoreless for the first time in her career.

"What’s frustrating is coming from behind all the time," Pondexter said. "I don’t know what button needs to be pushed going out there. We’re ready coming out of the locker room, but I don’t know what happens (on the floor)."

The Liberty did get continued production from role players Alex Montgomery and Sugar Rodgers, who combined for 23 points off the bench.

CONNECTICUT COMING IN
The Sun fell to the Mystics on the road, 69-63, on Friday, snapping a six-game winning streak. Katie Douglas led Connecticut with 18 points, but bigs Kelsey Bone and Alyssa Thomas scored only 10 points combined.

A key to the Sun’s success is their balance. They are a young and improving team with a number of players who can lead – six Connecticut players average more than 8 points per game. This month, seven of Connecticut's nine games have been played on their home court; they are 7-2 overall.

SCORING OPTIONS IMPROVING
  1. Sugar Rodgers
    Sugar brings toughness to the court. The second-year shooting guard plans to release a book in July that covers her “hard-knock life” and overcoming off-court obstacles.

    “If I have a turnover I don’t let it bother me," Rodgers says. "I know I’ve been through and overcome worse."

  2. Anna Cruz
    The Spanish point guard is a natural 2. She didn’t move to the point guard position until this past season, while playing in Russia.

    Pondexter, who has played against Cruz overseas, says: “That girl likes to shoot that thing – she’s a scorer!”

  3. Alex Montgomery
    Montgomery is playing with something to prove, both to the outside world and to herself:

    “I want to be the best energy player there ever was. People sleep on me, but I can play!”