A return home after a grueling road trip was just what the doctor ordered for the Liberty, as New York (4-10) bested the Dream (9-4) by the score of 85-78 in a rematch between the two teams Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
Things seemed to be slipping away late in the second quarter, as the Dream piled in basket after basket to stretch its lead to 11 points. But the Liberty mounted a comeback with two and a half minutes left in the half. Center Tina Charles got the action started with a hoop in the paint before Sugar Rodgers hit back-to-back buckets. On the final possession of the half, Cappie Pondexter got to the free throw linethe first time a Liberty player went there all gameand made two free throws to head to the locker room down only two, 40-38.
The third quarter picked up right where the second left off. Pondexter and Alex Montgomery made back-to-back baskets to start the half, capping off a 13-0 New York run that put the Liberty in the lead. A 9-0 New York run followed immediately by an 8-0 Atlanta run set the Liberty up with a four-point edge coming into the final quarter.
New York never took the pressure off of Atlanta in the fourth quarter. Led by Pondexter, who scored 12 in the quarter, the Liberty outscored the Dream 27-24 in the period and kept its lead through to the final buzzer.
The Liberty were led by Pondexter, who scored 23 points and chipped in eight assists. Rodgers scored 13, and Charles and Montgomery each added 12. The Dream were led by Angel McCoughtry and her 33 points and 10 rebounds.
New York returns to the court this Friday when they host the Chicago Sky at 7:30 p.m. on Pride Night at Madison Square Garden, presented by Resorts World Casino. The first 4,000 fans in attendance will receive rainbow Thunder Stix.