With Sabrina Ionescu out with a severely sprained ankle, rookie Jazmine Jones has tried to pick up for the Liberty. On Tuesday night, the 6’0” forward scored 24 points, her best outing so far, but the Liberty lost again, this time to the L.A. Sparks, 93-78, at the Bradenton “wubble.”
It was the Louisville product’s second 20+ point effort. She’s averaging 9.7 points thus far tis season.
Turnovers proved the Liberty’s undoing as they coughed the ball up 26 times in their seventh loss against one win. Layshia Clarendon, the backup point guard, added 11 points and Amanda Zahui B had nine points and 10 rebounds. The Liberty did make 21 straight free throws before missing one in with four seconds left.
Jones had five steals as well...
Watch @Jazmine_Jones4 lead the game in scoring!— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) August 12, 2020
New Career High 24 pts & 5 stls. #LibertyLoud pic.twitter.com/bUrF8I6UL8
Riquna Williams and Sydney Wiese each scored 17 points to help the Sparks. Candace Parker added 16 points for Los Angeles (5-3), which won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Parker also had four assists to move into 14th place on the WNBA career list. Brittney Sykes scored 15 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 11.
Parker had 12 points and five rebounds in the first half as Los Angeles built a 51-34 lead. There were issues with the FOX Sports Go broadcast and the Liberty had to offer an apology in the first quarter when the game was unavailable.
Lib fans, we are aware that the game is currently unavailable on FSGO. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working with the YES Network to resolve. Thank you for your patience.— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) August 12, 2020
In a series of pregame tweets. , Clarendon, one of the league’s most outspoken players —and a leader in the WNBA social justice efforts— endorsed Vice-President Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris, an African and Asian-American woman, as his vice-presidential runningmate.
Clarendon tweeted as well about the mental challenges in both the WNBA and NBA’s Florida bubbles...
Many people don’t understand the mental health toll of playing in a bubble. It’s isolating, lacks boundaries, and has no outlet! Thinking about college athletes in a bubble makes me cringe because there are already high rates of mental health issues in college athletics.— Layshia Clarendon (@Layshiac) August 11, 2020
The Liberty play their ninth out of 22 games on Thursday vs. the Indiana Fever.
- Box Score: Los Angeles Sparks 93, New York Liberty 78 - WNBA.com
- Game Report: Los Angeles Sparks 94, New York Liberty 78 (Video) - WNBA.com
- Riquna Williams, Sydney Wiese each score 17, Sparks beat Liberty - AP
- Liberty starting to find their footing after rocky start to season - Sarah Valenzuela - New York Daily News