This weekend probably makes the Liberty wish that they had picked up that game against the Sky a week ago. These two losses put us at 7-6, still above .500, but dropping our home record to 5-3 and putting us only a game above Chicago.
When the Libs only score 8 points in the first quarter, and are held to 22 in the first half, you can’t expect them to win a game. Indiana, despite some fluctuations in the second half, proved why they’re neck and neck with Detroit. They ran the ball, played solid defense, and utterly shut down the core of the Libs, limiting our starters to 36 points.
Shay Doron, in her second start in as many games, only managed three points and zero assists. The Middle-Man only had a point and a rebound in 11 or so minutes of play, while Ashley Battle, only scored 2 (after having a field-day on Friday against the Stars). All of the reserves got out there, as Erin Thorn was out, hurt, and Christon was “sick”.
Lisa Willis (G) and Janel McCarville (C) picked up some slack (12 and 13 points, respectively), when they could, but as they didn’t start (and didn’t receive as much court-time as Kraayeveld and Battle), were limited and sputtering. The rest? Not so much. Check out the boxscore, but be warned…
Indiana opened the game 10-0 and never trailed, going into the half leading 44-22. Their starters were a machine for them, with Catchings (18), Whitmore (15), Sutton-Brown (11) and DeForge (10) scoring in the double-digits.
It really wasn’t a great game for anybody from New York. The Silver Stars continue their ascent of the Western ladder, while the Libs try their best to keep neck-and-neck with the Sky.
- The Liberty began to find their groove in the second half (outscoring the Fever by 5), like every other game this season, but couldn’t did themselves out of that 22 points hole.
- Thorn is out for at least four weeks, though the team doctors are optimistic that she will be fully recovered by then.
- Patty seemed to be scrambling to come up with solutions at points.
- No one was truly impressive out there, sans Hammon.
As for San Antonio…
- Christon was nowhere near peak performance, although she could have been “sick”.
- The Libs shot a barely decent 38.5% from the field. Indiana? 37.1%.
- Average crowd of 8.6K+.
- Did not get to see “Sicko” after all (sold out). My buddy didn’t want to go see a WNBA game. Instead, we got loaded and played “Three-Man”. Not the best night of my life.
All in all, a horrible, horrible weekend. There’s enough blame to go around, really. The Liberty need to find their opponents weaknesses earlier, the bench needs to be consistent, and the starters need to regain their early-season form. It’s hard to say “play the bench” now, as ALMOST everybody…
Keke Palmer is going to be appearing at all 13 WNBA venues this summer, while also keeping up a blog. It just started, and it’s through the WNBA page, so there isn’t a lot of originality to it, but it promises to be a good look at the inner-workings of the WNBA from a semi-outsider perspective. I’m not a huge fan of Palmer’s music, although it IS a load better than a lot of the other garbage out there right now…
See ya, Space Cowboy…