New York Liberty Wins 4th In A Row With 82-70 Victory At Connecticut

UNCASVILLE, CONN. – AUG. 18, 2017 – The Liberty (16-12) won its 4th game in a row, defeating the Connecticut Sun (18-10) 82-70 on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tina Charles scored a game-high 24 points, and Sugar Rodgers scored all 13 of her points in the 2nd half.

New York snapped the Sun’s WNBA leading 6-game winning streak, and evened the season series at 2-2. After getting off to a slow start in the 1st quarter, trailing 20-10, the Liberty responded with a 31-9 run that put them up by 12 points. Connecticut pulled to within 4 by halftime and was as close as 2 points late in the 3rd quarter, but never regained the lead. New York put the game out of reach with a big run to start the 4th, moving back in front by double figures on a Rodgers triple at 5:54 that made it 73-62.

The Liberty returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it hosts the Minnesota Lynx at Madison Square Garden at 3 PM. It is the Liberty’s Unity Game, with the team partnering with RISE for a pregame panel and activations. Complete details can be found at


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New York Liberty Notes

  • With the win, the Liberty improved to 16-12 overall, moving 4 games above .500 for the 1sttime this season
  • After being held scores in the 1stquarter, Tina Charles posted 18 points in the 2nd quarter, just 4 shy of the WNBA single-quarter record of 22 held by Diana Taurasi
  • Tina Charles finished with a game-high 24 points, posting her 17th20-point game of the season and posted at least 20 points in consecutive games for the 1st time since July 28
  • Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe finished with a career-high 12 points, scoring in double figures for the 3rdtime this season; 2 of those games have come at Connecticut, she had 10 points against the Sun on June 14
  • Bria Hartley scored in double figures for the 12thtime this season, finishing with 11 and matching her season-high of 3 3-pointers
  • New York improved to 9-3 when Bria Hartley scores in double figures
  • After falling behind 20-10 in the 1stquarter the Liberty went on a 31-9 run capped off by a Tina Charles hook shot to take a double-digit lead 41-29
  • New York improved to 7-8 on the road and has won consecutive road games for the 2ndtime this season (won at Atlanta 8/11)
  • New York scored 28 points in the 2ndquarter for a 2nd-straight game, matching a season high for the period
  • The Liberty leads the WNBA in defensive field goal percentage and limited the Sun to a season-low .343 from the field
  • After being held scoreless in the 1sthalf Sugar Rodgers scored all 13 of her points after the intermission

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