New York Liberty (7-11) vs. San Antonio Stars (10-9) AT&T Center | San Antonio, TX
Wednesday, July 9 | 8 p.m EST. Broadcast: LiveAccess
The Liberty are looking for their fourth win in a row. New York moved up to the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings after a successful five-game homestand in which they went 4-1.
LIBERTY PREVIOUS GAME:
The Liberty extended their win streak to three games after an 87-80 win over the defending champions, the Minnesota Lynx, on Sunday. Tina Charles posted another monstrous game with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Cappie Pondexter excelled with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win. As a team the Liberty shot 52.1 percent from the floor and dished out 20 assists en route to a strong offensive outing.
CHARLES NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Tina Charles was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week (June 30th to July 6th) after leading the league in points (30), rebounds (12), and minutes played (36.7).
PONDEXTER NAMED EAST STARTER FOR 2014 ALL-STAR:
Cappie Pondexter was named a starter for the 2014 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game. Pondexter ranked second in voting amongst Eastern Conference guards and tallied her sixth All-Star selection and third straight as a starter.
SAN ANTONIO STARS PREVIOUS GAME:
The San Antonio Stars squeaked out a 71-70 win over the Indiana Fever on Saturday. Rookie Kayla McBride led the team with 14 points including the game-winning three-point bucket with 1.8 seconds left in the game. The versatile rookie is averaging more than 11 points per game on the season for the Stars.
TAKING THE SHOW ON THE ROAD:
After going 4-1 during this last five-game homestand, the Liberty face their next challenge: becoming road warriors. Bill Laimbeer expressed his desire to translate the team's recent success on the road. "Now we go on the road for a game. We are 1-7 on the road. Its time for us to stand up on the road. Weve been competitive. Now its time for us to win on the road. If we are going to get to the playoffs we have to get some road wins".
A LOOK IN THE MIRROR:
On the heels of a disappointing 87-75 loss to the Stars at home on June 5th, the Liberty called a team meeting to discuss individual roles and collective team goals. Slowly, but surely, the Liberty have made changes to the offense, solidified defensive rotations, changed the starting lineup and seen the development of clearer roles for players. This rematch with San Antonio is a chance to measure up how far they've come since a loss many players considered a turning point in their season.