New York Looks to Avoid Repeat of Last Season
After back-to-back losses to Connecticut, the New York Liberty (3-8) have some adjustments to make.
In both games verses the Sun, the Liberty have found themselves losing at halftime and struggling in the third quarter, essentially making their powerful fourth quarter efforts useless. While New York is a much tougher team than its record shows, its offensive and defensive surges come late in the game, making it a race against the game clock that doesn’t seem to always result favorably for them.
Head coach Bill Laimbeer attributes the on the court struggles of the team to effort: “They have to play consistent, 40 minutes of maximum effort just to get a win. Not to be a great team, just to get a win.”
Looking forward, Liberty center Tina Charles will most likely be a major proponent of the strong-willed team effort Laimbeer desires.
“That should be our identity,” stated Charles. “We’re still searching for our identity, but I think that second half can be ‘a team that plays hard, gets after it, doesn’t wait for a team to take it to us.’”
In order for that identity to be established, the Liberty will have to mirror their desired game effort in practice while making the adjustments Laimbeer has for them. It is currently unclear what the adjustments will be, but they will become clear June 18 when New York takes on the Sky in Chicago.