NEW YORK, N.Y. – AUGUST 15, 2015 – The New York Liberty saw its four-game winning streak come to an end, suffering an 81-76 setback to the Tulsa Shock on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
After Brittany Boyd hit a triple to end the third quarter, New York was trailing 67-51 going into the fourth, and the rally effort was on. The Liberty outscored the Shock 25-14 in the fourth, bringing the game as close as 5 points in the final 3 minutes. Brittany Boyd scored 13 of her career high 22 points in the fourth quarter, directing the comeback effort with a head of steam, drawing fouls and getting to the rack.
Candice Wiggins hit a three ball with 3:52 to play to bring New York within nine points, a single digit deficit for the first time since the end of the second quarter. Boyd got a gutsy one to go with a minute to play, jump stopping at the basket for a lay in to bring New York within five. That is as close as it would get. Wiggins misfired on a 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining, which could have cut the lead to two, and Odyssey Sims nailed a pair of free throws at the other end to extend the advantage back to seven.
For the Liberty, it was just its third loss at The Garden this season, and New York had won five-straight on its home floor. The Liberty fell to 7-2 against the Western Conference this season, with both of those losses coming to the Shock.
After Carolyn Swords scored the first basket of the game, Tulsa responded with a 10-0 run over the next 2:30 to take control. The Shock led by as many as 12 points in the first quarter, but New York closed the period on a 12-6 run to pull within six.
Twice in the second quarter the Liberty managed to cut its deficit down to three. A Brittany Boyd triple at 8:06 made it 28-25, and two minutes later Epiphanny Prince drained a triple to make it 33-30, but that was as close as New York would get.
Tulsa responded to Prince’s trey with a 9-1 spurt, capped off by a Plenette Pierson layup to make it 42-31.
The Shock shot 51.7 percent from the field in the first half, and maintained that 11-point lead at the intermission. Once the third quarter was underway Tulsa gradually extended its lead.
A Karima Christmas triple was the first basket of the second half, giving the Shock a 14-point lead for the first time, and it would lead by as many as 19 in the period.
New York returns to action on Wednesday night when it travels to San Antonio, Texas, to face the Stars. Tipoff is at 8 PM (ET) and the game will be broadcast on MSG Network.
New York Liberty Postgame Notes
- New York is now 7-2 against the Western Conference this season, both losses have come to the Tulsa Shock.
- The Liberty had won five-straight home games dating back to June 28.
- Brittany Boyd recorded her first-career 20 point game, it was the second time this season she led the Liberty in scoring.
- Epiphanny Prince failed to score in double figures for the first time this season, she entered the game averaging 25.0 ppg over the last three games.
- New York is now 2-2 this year in the second game of a back-to-back.
- It was the first time this season New York lost when it won the turnover battle, it is now 9-1 when creating more turnovers.
- The Liberty had not trailed by more than five points at any time during the four-game winning streak it head heading into the game.
- Tulsa outscored New York 30-20 in the paint, it was the first time all season the Liberty was outscored on the inside, and the 20 points in the paint were the fewest this year.
- Tulsa snapped a 10-game losing streak.
- The Shock were led by Odyssey Sims who scored a game-high 27 points.