UNCASVILLE, CONN. – JUNE 15, 2016 – The New York Liberty hits the road once again, opening up its second three-game road trip of the month when it tangles with the Connecticut Sun on Thurday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at 7 p.m.
It will be the first meeting of the season between New York and Connecticut, after the Liberty won all four meetings last season. New York beat Dallas 91-88 on Tuesday night, while the Sun suffered a 109-106 loss to Washington in triple overtime on Tuesday, the first three overtime game in the WNBA since 2014.
• Led by 28 points from Tina Charles, the New York Liberty held off the Dallas Wings, 91-88, on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Liberty enjoyed strong performances from nearly every member of the team in the win. Charles buried a go-ahead bucket with 40.3 remaining and Shoni Schimmel clinched things with a pair of late makes at the line. Tanisha Wright blocked Karima Christmas’ game-tying 3-point attempt with seconds to play. Sugar Rodgers was also in double figures, scoring 18 points.
• Tina Charles has been working on her 3-point shot and it paid off on Tuesday, as she knocked down a career-high three triples in a Liberty win over the Wings.
• MILESTONE WATCH
Swin Cash needs just four more points to hit 5,000 for her career. She would be the 14th player in WNBA history to do so.
Tanisha Wright grabbed career rebound No. 1,000 against Dallas. She is the 11th player in league history to have 2,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 1,100 assists.
• The Liberty has won six in a row against Connecticut, the longest winning streak for either team in the history of the series, but only two of those wins has come at Mohegan Sun Arena. New York went 4-0 against the Sun last season.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Liberty forward Swin Cash is just four points away from becoming the 14th player in WNBA history to score 5,000 points in her career. Cash has proven to be a versatile player throughout the course of her career and would be just the 2nd player to have 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds, and 1,000 assists. The only other is also active, and also has announced her retirement at the end of this season – Tamika Catchings has 7,071 points, 3,206 rebounds, and 1,442 assists.
She nearly posted a double-double last week, finishing with eight points and 10 rebounds in the win at San Antonio on Sunday. It was her 38th regular season game with at least 10 rebounds, but her first since she had 14 boards on July 2, 2013. She is the eighth player in WNBA history to have at least 10 rebounds in a game for at least four different franchises (Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Michelle Snow, Chamique Holdsclaw, Betty Lennox, Wendy Palmer, Sheri Sam, and Ann Wauters.)
Tina Charles had shown glimpses this season of adding a little bit more range to her offensive arsenal and she put that distance shooting on full display when she knocked down a career-best three 3-pointers in the Liberty’s 91-88 win over the Dallas Wings on June 14. She made all three of her long-distance attempts despiting coming into the game with just four makes from long distance during her career. In fact, her three 3-pointers in the game were more than she had during her career (2) heading into the 2016 season.
With its 91-88 victory over the Dallas Wings on Jun 14, the Liberty hit the 90-point mark for a second game in a row, having come off a 90-75 win at San Antonio three days before. It was the first time New York scored 90 points in back-to-back games since June 2011.