NEW YORK, N.Y. – JULY 21, 2016 – After back-to-back victories over Connecticut and Washington, the New York Liberty fell to the Indiana Fever Thursday afternoon 82-70 on Camp Day presented by Mike and Ike at Madison Square Garden.
Tina Charles led the way for New York (18-8) as she tallied her 14th double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Liberty to get past Indiana (12-12) on Thursday.
New York turned the ball over eight times in the first half helping the Fever create an eight-point lead going into the break. Timely baskets from the Fever were the story of the game as they answered every run from the Liberty.
The Liberty were able to cut the lead to just three heading into the fourth quarter, but Indiana answered with a quick 12-2 run to open the last period and never looked back. New York was unable to cut the lead lower than nine after the run as they could not come up with consecutive solid possessions. Indiana’s Marissa Coleman was key during the Fever’s stretch, as she had eight of the 12 points in the run, knocking down two 3-pointers.
Sugar Rodgers and Kiah Stokes were the only other Liberty players in double-figures, each finishing with 10. Rodgers was unable to find the range as she went 2-8 from beyond the arc; the team in total struggled from distance as they shot 3-15. Tanisha Wright and Brittany Boyd both dished out a team-high six assists as well.
Lynetta Kizer finished with 21 points and four rebounds for Indiana, while Coleman had 14 points and Tamika Catchings tallied eight.
The Liberty returns to action at the AT&T Center on Friday, August 26 when it plays the San Antonio Stars, tipoff is at 8 p.m.
• Tina Charles recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds on Thursday
• The Liberty lost the turnover battle 17-8 and has seen seven of its eight losses come when it commits more turnovers than its opponent
• Kiah Stokes and Sugar Rodgers also finished in double figures with 10 points apiece
• This was the second back-to-back of the season for New York. The Liberty is 1-1 in its second game of a back-to-back this season.
• Tanisha Wright and Brittany Boyd both finished with six assists, Boyd averaged 6.5 assists per game over the past two games.