Liberty pick up two wins

Lois Elman | 7/19/2018, 11:47 a.m.
At long last, a buzzer-beating shot scored a win for the New York Liberty. In the closing seconds of last ...
Brittany Boyd Photo by Bill Moore

At long last, a buzzer-beating shot scored a win for the New York Liberty. In the closing seconds of last Wednesday’s game against the Connecticut Sun at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Shavonte Zellous shot a victory-making three-pointer that brought the Liberty a much-needed win.

“We’ve had some adversity this season, so to come here against a very good Connecticut team and get the win, it’s a plus for us,” said Zellous.

The Liberty made it two in a row with a 107-84 home court win Sunday over the Chicago Sky. Guard Brittany Boyd made her first start of the season and recorded a double/double with 10 assists and 14 points. Zellous, Tina Charles, Epiphanny Prince, Bria Hartley and Sugar Rodgers also scored in double figures in the high-scoring battle.

“It was great to follow up a tough-fought win in Connecticut and come back home and really be locked in and ready to play,” said Liberty coach Katie Smith. “That consistency really makes me happy.”

She continued, “I don’t know that much has changed. Over the last eight games, we’re 3-5. I think that our effort has been better during this stretch. I think we have been more aggressive…It’s a combination of people coming in and doing their job. I think our effort has been different. We have been really locked in and really efficient.”

The winning streak came to an end Tuesday when the Liberty dropped a road game to the Dallas Wings 104-87. Despite strong second half play from the Liberty, the team was unable to combat a history-making 53 points from Wings center Liz Cambage.

“They were the attackers; they were the aggressors,” said Charles. “Not until that third quarter is when we started to put them on their heels and come back into the game.”

The accolades continue for Charles, who is being honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with the 2018 Mannie Jackson Basketball’s Human Spirit Award. In addition to her excellence on the hardwood, this award recognizes Charles for her admirable humanitarian efforts with her Hopey’s Heart Foundation. Charles will also be honored by the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives as one of 200 Americans that embody Douglass’ enduring legacy of social change.