MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – JUNE 28, 2016 – The New York Liberty embarks on its third three-game road trip of the season as it heads out to Minneapolis to face the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. (ET).
This will be the second meeting of the year between New York and Minnesota, with the Lynx capturing the first contest 79-69 at Madison Square Garden. The Lynx, which started the WNBA season with a record 13-consecutive wins, are coming off back-to-back losses, but still have the second-best record in the league at 13-2.
• The Liberty had its six-game winning streak snapped with a 104-97 overtime loss to the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Tina Charles scored 26 points and Sugar Rodgers poured in 23, but the Mercury erased a late six-point deficit, tying the game with 7.8 remaining on three Diana Taurasi free throws. The six-game winning streak was the longest for the Liberty since the 2010 season and New York started 10-4 for the first time since 2001.
• Tina Charles was named the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season on Monday afternoon. She averaged 23.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg, and 6.3 apg last week. The four Player of the Week wins already tie for the second-most in a single-season in league history.
• The Liberty has seen three of its last four games go into overtime, and New York has already played five overtime games this season, tied for the most in a single-season in franchise history. The only other time the Libs played five OT games in the same year was 1999.
• The Lynx jumped out to a 28-11 lead through one quarter in the first meeting with New York, a deficit that the Liberty was unable to recover from. Tina Charles (23) and Shavonte Zellous (12) scored in double figures for New York.
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Tanisha Wright has flourished since taking over as the primary ball handler in the starting lineup, averaging 5.4 assists per game over the last seven contests, while helping New York post a 6-1 record in those games. She has at least four assists in each of those games, including a season-high eight in the win at Atlanta.
Wright has moved up to 10th in the WNBA, averaging 4.1 assists per game, and has a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio over New York’s last seven contests. She scored in double figures in three-straight games from June 16-22, including a season-high 13 points at Indiana.
Through just 15 games the Liberty has already tied its franchise record for overtime games in a single season, as New York has seen five contests need at least one extra session so far in 2016. The 1999 season was the only other time the Liberty had that many games go to OT; New York is currently 2-3 in overtime games this year.
Sugar Rodgers is currently on pace to break Shameka Christon’s single-season franchise record of 78 3-pointers. Through just 15 games, Rodgers has already sunk 41 3-pointers, the same number she hit during the entire 2015 season. If she maintains her current pace, Rodgers will finish the year with 92 3-pointers.