The Liberty broke another losing streak Saturday night in L.A., winning for the first time on the road in 18 games stretching back to last season. Joe Tsai’s team also won its third game in the last four —the Libs’ best stretch in two years— beating the Los Angeles Sparks, 98-92, before 11,388 at the Staples Center.
The game represented a big night for the Liberty’s 6’5” center Amanda Zuhai B. She finished with a career-high 37 points to go along with seven rebounds and three blocks. Zuhai B made 7-of-8 three’s and finished 13-of-16 for the night from the field.
Kia Nurse, the Liberty shooting guard, added 26 points and a career-high four steals for New York (3-5). She also made 15-of-16 free throws, including all eight in the final 41.6 seconds. Zahui B’s 3-pointer with 1:11 left gave the Liberty the lead for good at 90-88.
Asia Durr, the second overall pick in the WNBA Draft, added 11 and Tina Charles finished one point short of a double-double, with 13 rebounds and nine points.
New York’s previous road win came on July 11 at Connecticut. The Liberty closed the 2018 season with eight straight road losses and started 2019 with two more. New York was in danger of tying or surpassing the WNBA record for most road losses which is 20, set up the now-defunct Tulsa franchise eight years ago.
The Liberty also broke their 17-game overall losing streak last weekend with a win over the Las Vegas Aces. Since then, the Liberty have beaten the Minnesota Lynx, got blown out in Las Vegas by the Aces and won in L.A., their best performance since 2017 when they won 10 straight to finish up the season.
One problem for the Libs —and other teams— is that the FIBA Women’s Eurobasket begin in 10 days. Zahui, for example, leaves for Sweden Thursday to begin training for the international event.