AmNews Sports Editor
The Liberty, playing their eighth game of this WNBA season against the San Antonio Silver Stars, had their four-game home winning streak come to an end this past Sunday at their Newark, N.J., Prudential Center home. They lost in heartbreaking style on a dagger-like jumper by Shenise Johnson with 36 seconds left in overtime.
The hard-fought game ended well for the Silver Stars, who had struggled through four consecutive losses, improving to 3-5 on the season.
In their first home court loss of the season, Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty, who had a well-rounded game, scoring a game-high 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
However, her performance came with a couple of dark moments as she turned the ball over 11 times of the team’s 21, and missed what would have been the game-winning jumper. Pondexter has been among the best of the best in the WNBA this early in the season. Former Liberty star Becky Hammond, now with the Silver Stars, was missing in action with a broken finger on her right hand. San Antonio was also without Jayne Appel, who suffered a concussion at the beginning of the season and has missed three straight games.
The Liberty returned to action last night (Wednesday), where they played a road game in Chicago against the Sky. They left Chicago and will play at Seattle tomorrow (Friday). Also, before hitting the road, the Liberty honored their former center Sue Wicks, who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.