Liberty Return to Minnesota to Face Lynx

NEW YORK LIBERTY (7-17) vs. MINNESOTA LYNX (14-10)

Tuesday, July 24 • Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)

8:00 PM (ET) • TV:ESPN 2

The New York Liberty dropped their third straight game on Saturday, falling to the Washington Mystics at home. They will look to end the skid when they face the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday in their last game before the All-Star break.

QUICK HITS

Tina Charles’ 19.8 points per game are tied for sixth in the league (as of 7/22).

Charles’ 6.8 rebounds per game slot her 12th in the league (as of 7/22).

Kia Nurse’s ranks top-10 among rookies with 8.7 points per game (as of 7/22).

Brittany Boyd’s 5.1 assists per contest rank fifth in the WNBA (as of 7/22).

Boyd ranks top-10 in the league in steals per game with 1.4 (as of 7/22).

Bria Hartley ranks top-15 in the league with 3.7 assists per game (as of 7/22).

Epiphanny Prince’s 45.0 percent conversion rate from three ranks third in the WNBA (as of 7/22).

11 Liberty players entered the scoring column in the last matchup against the Lynx (6/16).

Rebecca Allen is averaging 9.0 points per game against Minnesota this season, nearly seven more than her season average (2.3).

The Liberty and Lynx average the same amount of turnovers per game (14.3).

KEY MATCHUP

Minnesota’s interior presence, Sylvia Fowles, is averaging 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game across two Liberty matchups. On the other end of the court, New York’s frontcourt-Amanda Zahui B, Kia Vaughn and Kia Stokes are averaging 4.5, 4.0 and 3.0 respective points. Two-way player, Rebecca Allen could help ignite the bigs having averaged 9.0 points over the two-game series. The quartet has grabbed an average of 1.9 rebounds against the defending champions.

LAST MEETING

On June 16, 2018, Sylvia Fowles notched 25 points as the Lynx beat the Liberty, 85-71 at the Target Center.

Maya Moore added 20 points for the Lynx, who trailed for a total of 16 seconds in the contest.

Tina Charles was the lone Liberty player in double figures with 12 points, but 10 other players entered the scoring column.

MAKING IT RAIN

The Liberty are one of six teams to average more than 20 attempts from deep a game, but their 32.5 percent conversion rate ranks ninth in the league. Sugar Rodgers had a standout performance from behind the arc against the Mystics, making four of her seven attempts. In the process, the sharpshooter moved into fourth in Liberty history in three pointers made.

KEEPING IT 100

Brittany Boyd, who currently ranks fifth in the WNBA with 5.1 assists per game, registered four more against the Mystics, her fifth game in her last six with at least that many. With her third helper, she reached 100 for the season, a benchmark no Liberty player reached last season.

ALL-STAR PREVIEW

Tina Charles will be spending a lot of time in Minnesota this week— after Tuesday’s contest, the forward is set to make her sixth appearance in the WNBA All-Star game, which will be held at the Target Center. The matchup between the Liberty and Lynx features four All-Star participants: Charles, Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles, and Seimone Augustus. Charles and Moore, teammates at UConn, will reunite in the contest when they suit up for Team Parker.

FRESHMAN ON FIRE

Kia Nurse gave a glimpse of how dangerous she can be in the fourth quarter against the Mystics, scoring eight straight points for the Liberty as part of a 17-4 run. The rookie has a pair of games this season with at least 25 points, and she is averaging 13.7 points per game over her last three.