No Liberty news, but if you like Beer and live in New York, your holiday extravaganza of the year is coming up next week when the New York Brew Fest kicks off. No, this isn't related to the Liberty in the slightest, but hey, it's kinda cool, and what has more to do with Liberty (the concept) and New York (the city) than a Beer Festival? As Benjamin Franklin said, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
Onto basketball news...
DETROIT 108, PHOENIX 100
SERIES: Detroit leads, 1-0
I could make a joke about defense, but that has been done enough. Yeah, yeah. The offensive capabilities of both teams were on show, and Detroit's team-first attitude won out. It was a mildly exciting game for someone (me) who doesn't have a vested interest in either team (Go Libs) and who didn't watch the sport that much until this season (too much Hockey, didn't live in New York full time, yadda yadda yadda).
The game DID have a few surprises, however. The Mercs managed to finally start hitting some three's, Diana Taurasi was limited to ten points (due to foul trouble), and Phoenix only played eight players... no wait... that last one was surprising at all.
Detroit essentially dominated after going on a 17-6 run to close the first half 41-35. Sure, Phoenix scored more the next quarter and threatened the Shock at several points, but Detroit put them away with a 39-point 4th and that, as they say, was that. Penny Taylor scored 32 to lead both teams in points, while also going 11-19 from the field. Plenette Pierson led the Shock with 26 points (and 10 rebounds).
Speaking of point totals, the boxscore is rather ridiculous, if you want a laugh. Pondexter and Taylor combined for 47 shots; no other Merc had more than 8. Elaine Powell (DET), in her thirteen minutes of gametime, didn't register a single shot from the field. Defensive rebounds compared side-by-side: Phoenix 17, Detroit 33 (more than Phoenix's TOTAL rebounds). Ayana Walker and Tyresa Smith (both DET) registered exactly five seconds of game-time each.
See ya, Space Cowboy...