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Liberty Report 6/25 - Nothing’s Going Right

by Kenny Ducey
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On 1-4 slide, New York Awaits Return of Plenette Pierson

It’s one bad break after another for the Liberty. After seemingly revitalizing their season and bringing their record up to 3-5, the team now stands 4-9 after a 1-4 stretch that saw them fall to the Atlanta Dream twice. The most recent of those meetings was Sunday night in front of over 6,700 fans, including Knicks SG J.R. Smith and legend Walt Frazier. While the turnout was great, it might not continue to be that way after the performance they turned in.

A team that was focused on limiting the opponent to 15 points a quarter was transformed into a squad concerned with simply keeping the ball in their possession. 26 turnovers was the stat of the night - 7 came from Cappie Pondexter. Said Leilani Mitchell, “Those are lost opportunities, at least when we’re getting shots, there’s a chance we’re gonna get it in.”

Mitchell was a bright spot - scoring 16 on 5-6 shooting from beyond the arc. The other positive was the work in the paint. Kara Braxton and Kia Vaughn each had double-digit rebounding performances, but the team simply couldn’t capitalize on second-chance opportunities.

The Liberty’s collective frustration was summed up when a confused Cappie Pondexter committed her sixth foul late in the fourth quarter, when she thought it was only her fifth. It was the first time that she had done that all year, and moreover she shot under 25% from the field, something you’ll rarely see her do.

This is all in addition to the already painful loss of Plenette Pierson. She’ll be out 2-5 more weeks with a right knee sprain she tried to play through. In the end, New York won all but 1 of those games she played hurt, and it may have caused her to miss more time.

The team gets 6 days to clear their heads and prepare for the Seattle Storm on Saturday night at the Rock.

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