Feels good to have that winning feeling back. Coming into Sunday afternoon's game against the Las Vegas Aces, the Liberty were on a 17 game losing streak that carried over from last season. New York was able to get in the winning column with an impressive 10 point victory in front of the home fans. Now to see if they can build on it.
The opponent this evening will be the Minnesota Lynx. It's a different feel to the team this season, but the team is still likely to make the playoffs and compete for another championship. They did lose their last game on Saturday against the Sparks, but they’re still atop the Western Conference.
Where to follow the game
YES Network on the TV side of things. Tip off after 7 PM.
Asia Durr was under the weather and missed Sunday's game against the Aces. No word on her status for this one.
Jessica Shepherd injured her knee in Saturday's game against the Sparks, and she was diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Maya Moore is not with the team this season as she is out on leave. Seimone Augustus is recovering from knee surgery and will be out.
Before we get started, let's watch Lindsay Whalen's jersey retirement ceremony:
This is the only WNBA game on the docket tonight so all eyes will be on Westchester.
Although the Lynx are a bit different than what we're used to, they're still a damn good team. With rookie Napheesa Collier, they have a young player that will be good for years to come. From Matt Ellentuck over at the mothership:
Collier’s skills are more fundamental than those projected higher than hers in the draft, though nothing she does is basic. She’s an elite inside scorer, and terrific passing out of the post and finding cutters, a skill she credits former Husky Gabby Williams for teaching.
How the Liberty defend the interior will decide this one. The Lynx are last in midrange jumpshots and third to last in threes attempted, but are second in the W in shots inside the restricted area. NY is tops in the league in defending restricted area shots as teams are only shooting 50.8 percent inside of that zone against the Liberty.
Player to watch: Sylvia Fowles
Fowles made some history on Saturday afternoon
The Lynx have been one of the best franchises and even though some familiar faces aren't around, having Fowles will keep them close to the top of the standings. Fowles is one of the league leaders in field goal percentage at 61.3 percent and does all of her damage on the inside.
Tina Charles has been keeping the Liberty afloat and will look to help them get a winning streak going. Charles leads the team in scoring and leads the league in shot attempts a game and usage rate. Charles will have some help on the inside battling Fowles as Reshanda Gray is fourth in the league in rebounding (Fowles is sixth).
On Friday, the Prince estate released an album called "Originals." The album is a collection of songs Prince gave to other artists that were, well, originally performed by Prince himself. A highlight of the album is Holly Rock, so let's watch the performance Sheila E. did when she got the track.
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