Home is where the wins are. For the New York Liberty, getting back home after a rough trip was the best thing possible for them. They were able to snap their three game losing streak on Saturday with a quality win against the Los Angeles Sparks.
The opponent today this morning will be the Connecticut Sun. The Sun are at the top of the Eastern Conference as we head in to the All Star break and have won their last three ganes. They've been off since Friday after beating the Atlanta Dream by 29 points.
Where to follow the game
League pass is where to go. It's a day time affair so tip off will be after 11:30 AM.
Asia Durr has been dealing with a groin strain and is questionable for today's game.
Layshia Clarendon is out for the Sun.
Liberty coach Katie Smith was a guest on the W-insidr show with Rachel Galigan and Aryeh Schwartz. Check it out
Like every game before some time off, the name of the game is to avoid serious injury. For the Liberty, getting to the break and maybe getting Durr back for the stretch run afterwards would be a big boost.
Player to watch: Jonquel Jones
For anybody looking to become great at something, repetition is key. The more you practice, the more confident and ultimately better you become. Jones discussed her experience playing internationally and told Jim Clark of Women's Hoops World:
I made a big jump, because my body, we just ran so much, that I was able to get into a different gear, and it showed me that I had a different gear that I could get to.There were a lot of times when I was in Korea that I wanted to go home. I would call my mother crying, like “I can’t do this no more, like I’m so tired.” And she was like “Suck it up, suck it up! It’s going to make you better.” You know? And it did. So I credit that to the team at Woori Bank in Korea and the coaches there.
The international experience has done wonders for Jones as she's tenth in the W in scoring while also leading the league in rebounds and blocks. It's no wonder she's one of the leading candidates for MVP.
She'll be going against her All Star teammate in this done. Like Jones (and Kia Nurse!), Tina Charles will be on Team Delle Donne for Saturday's game in Vegas. Charles is coming off of a rough shooting game against the Sparks, but did get to the free throw line eight times on Saturday. When one part of your game isn't working, you keep pushing and working to help in others. That's how All Stars do.
Let's finish out the first half of the season right