Liberty 79, Mystics 69
At the end of the first half, the score was 43-25. That is pretty much the game in a nutshell, as the Liberty thoroughly trounced the Mystics to bump their record to 6-2.
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True, the last quarter was marked by poor basketball and a semi-comeback from Washington, but on the whole, the Libs dominated in every aspect. Free throws, Field Goals, Rebounds, Points from the Paint… every stat I could think of. True, their numbers weren’t great (41% shots made from the field), but they were good enough.
Saint Patty did a good job of getting everybody on the court. Christon (16), McCarville (11), Kraayeveld (11), and Farris (10) each had double-digit numbers, and Coyle got to go easy a bit on her starters for once.
Barbara Ann, who’s supposedly harboring a muscle-pull in her leg, had a decent game (10 pts, 4-4 from the Line), but turned the ball over more than a couple of times. She was kinda sloppy, which is easily explained if she was hurt. Coulda brought in one of the reserves, Coyle. It’s a long season.
- Nobody really stood out as extraordinary tonight. Defense suffered some lapses, but managed to hold together when needed.
- WNBA Official Score: 79-70. Where the hell is the discrepancy? This isn’t gymnastics, people.
- Delisha Milton-Jones scored 20 for the Mystics, with 9 rebounds and 7-16 from the field. Without her, Washington might has well have suited up the Harvey Milk Freshman Squad.
- We have GOT to get back into the groove of hitting those shots.
- Davenport had her first poor game of the season. Rookie-shakes had to come in at some point, you know.
- Christon lead the team with 16 points, but a majority of those came in the final quarter when the Mystics had their scrubs in.
- Only home game this season that starts at 7:00. This might have something to do with the stat below…
- Poor crowd. 6,267 paid attendance, to be exact. According to my media guide, that’s the lowest attendance EVER for a Liberty game at MSG.
Storm 81, Sky 69
Storm @ Fever
Sun @ Lynx
Comets @ Sparks
The Lynx try to improve to 2-9, while the Sun try to stay in the hunt. When thinking about games like this, always ask, who has more to lose? That’s right. Sun by 8.
The Comets are due for a win, and the Sparks have been playing above their level, with only their only quality win coming against the Sun. I still can’t bet the Comets, though. Sparks by 3.
Dutch had an interactive chat that’s been posted on the Libs’ site. Check it out. It’s not much beyond the usual “We try to take what we can” and “I really worked hard off-season” banter, but it’s Kraayeveld, and that alone makes it interesting. Her improvement this season can only be attributed to Divine Intervention.
See ya, Space Cowboy…