Despite huge numbers from Tina Charles, Liberty fall short in waning seconds. Maya Moore leads Minnesota to 76-75 win.
Imagine having to play the most dominating team in the league, on the road, on the heels of All-Star weekend. That was the harsh reality for the New York Liberty Tuesday night. In a battle of All-Stars – advantage Minnesota – the Lynx outlasted the Liberty for a narrow 76-75 victory.
WNBA fans were treated to an all out thriller. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a one-point game with the chance of a buzzer-beater?
New York, down one with 15 seconds remaining, had the opportunity to earn their biggest victory of the season. Sugar Rodgers had two clean looks but couldn’t convert either attempt. Such a tough loss for a resilient team.
A Tale Of Two Cities And Different Paths
Winners of their previous 7-of-8 games, Minnesota came into the matchup boasting a league-best 16-2 record. As for New York, their roller-coaster of a season had them at 10-9 and No. 3 in the Eastern Conference.
What makes Minnesota’s season most impressive is the fact that they have not suffered defeat to a conference foe all season. Hence the intrigue a matchup with New York brought. Minnesota’s only two losses this year have come at the hands of Eastern Conference teams.
Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles: Centers Of Attention
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New York’s Tina Charles and Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles were truly dominant all game. The pair of All-Stars put on quite a show.
Fowles posted impressive numbers of 18 points on 66 percent shooting while adding eight rebounds and four blocks. The 5-time All-Star has been having an amazing season, averaging 20 points on 67 percent shooting and 9.8 rebounds. She also ranks No. 4 in blocks per game at 1.8.
Albeit in a losing effort, Charles tallied numbers of 24 points on 50 percent shooting and 16 rebounds. The 6-time All-Star is now averaging 15 points on 41.4 percent shooting and 11.5 rebounds in two meetings with Minnesota this season. Over the last 5 games, Charles is averaging 22 points on 47 percent shooting and 13.4 rebounds.
More Of The Same From Maya
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All-Star Maya Moore was simply amazing for Minnesota down the stretch. She scored a season-high 27 points, converting on 3-of-5 from the arc. Moore also did it on the defensive end, grabbing three steals – one of which came during a stretch where she scored 8-straight in the 3rd quarter.
The All-Star MVP was dazzling and downright dominant all night. Whether defended by guards or bigs, she was unstoppable. Maya and the Lynx are poised to return to the WNBA Finals.
- Liberty guard Shavonte Zellous suffered a sprained left wrist in the 3rd quarter. It is unclear how much time she will miss – if any at all.