Good vibes. The New York Liberty have been in the midst of an eight game losing streak, but snapped out of it with a quality road win on Tuesday night against the Indiana Fever. You take what you can get.
The opponent tonight will be the Atlanta Dream. It’s been a year of rebuilding for the Dream as they try to set themselves up for the future. They lost a close one to the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night, which pushed their losing streak to 12 games.
Where to follow the game
CBS Sports Network has us covered. Tip off after 7:30.
Amanda Zahui B is back, but Asia Durr probably won't be.
Elizabeth Williams missed her last game due to personal reasons, and her status for this one is unknown. Angel Mccoughtry is working her way back, but she won't be playing tonight.
The Liberty won the first meeting in late June.
Yesterday was Black Women's Equal Pay Day and Renee Montgomery of the Dream spoke about the lack of support black women get when it comes to pay:
“As a whole, I’m not really surprised that people are clueless. I think people tend to only pay attention to things that affect them, so if you asked the people that are receiving less, I’m sure they know all about it.”
The W has been an active participant in discussions of fair pay, and that will continue, especially as we head into CBA negotiations.
Kia Nurse broke out of her slump last game. The sophomore scored 20 points, but more importantly shot 75 percent from the field. A big reason for NY’s second half swoon has been Nurse’s shooting woes, and getting her shot back would help the Liberty as they head into September.
Player to watch: Jessica Breland
Assuming Williams is out, rebounding duties will fall to Breland. Breland grabs 6.8 rebounds a night, best on the team and 15th overall in the league. She’s not an integral part of the Dream offense, but the eight year vet contributes in other ways so as Atlanta looks to rebuild for the future, she should play a part in their plans.
The more Tina Charles, the better. Charles has been the Liberty's best player since the break and is their most reliable scoring option. It seems like Charles sets records every time she touches the floor, so it’ll be fun to watch her stack up even more accolades as the season winds down.
A special night
As part of WNBA Fit Month, all teams will host breast health awareness games during the month of August. Friday, the Liberty is partnering with White Plains Hospital, who will serve as the presenting sponsor during this annual event.
Since the inception of the WNBA Breast Health Awareness month, player’s pink and black jerseys have been auctioned off during the games. Honoring this tradition, the Liberty will conduct a silent auction beginning when doors open at 6:30 p.m. until halftime.
Double play today. First up, Rapsody has her new album out, so let's go back to my favorite track from her last album, Laila's Wisdom.
And lastly, Raphael Saadiq so in honor of him, let's revisit one of the greatest album intros of all time
- New York Liberty Game Notes - New York Liberty