NEW YORK LIBERTY (7-15) vs. ATLANTA DREAM (13-9)
Thursday, July 19 • Atlanta, GA (McCamish Pavilion)
7:00 PM (ET) • TV: League Pass, MSG+
The New York Liberty allowed a season-high 104 points in a loss to the Dallas Wings on Tuesday. They stay on the road on Thursday when they face the Atlanta Dream for the second time this season.
Tina Charles’ 20.0 points per game rank fifth in the league (as of 7/18), and she is one of just six players averaging 20 or more.
Charles’ 7.0 rebounds per game are good for top-10 in the league (as of 7/18).
Kia Nurse’s ranks top-10 among rookies with 8.8 points per game (as of 7/18).
Brittany Boyd’s 4.8 assists per contest rank fifth in the WNBA (as of 7/18).
Boyd is tied for eighth in the league in steals per game with 1.4 (as of 7/18).
Bria Hartley ranks top-15 in the league with 3.6 assists per game (as of 7/18).
Epiphanny Prince is tied for fourth in the league in three-point percentage (as of 7/18).
The Dream are currently riding a five-game win streak and sit atop the Eastern Conference.
Despite their record, Atlanta has a negative point differential on the season (-0.9).
The Dream are coming off of a game-winning half-court buzzer-beater against the Sun. The Liberty defeated the Sun on a buzzer beater last week.
The Liberty (79.2) and the Dream (78.7) average nearly the same amount of points per game.
Neither Epiphanny Prince nor Tiffany Hayes saw the court the first time the Liberty and Dream met this season, but the matchup between the two guards will be one to watch on Thursday. Both provide their team with valuable floor spacing with the ability to knock down the three-ball. Prince has netted three or more triples on four separate occasions this season while Hayes has done the same three times this year.
On June 19, 2018, Tina Charles scored a team-high 29 points as the Liberty nabbed a much-needed victory over the Dream, 79-72.
New York only led by one entering the fourth quarter, but opened the period on a 15-6 run.
Shavonte Zellous chipped in 13 points for the Liberty. Angel McCoughtry paced the Dream with a career-high 39 points.
SHINE BRIGHT LIKE AN ALL-STAR
The WNBA unveiled its list of 22 All-Stars for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018 and Tina Charles was selected for the sixth time in her prestigious career. The veteran has been voted to each All-Star Game played during her career, and she was named a starter in 2011, 2015 and 2017. With averages of 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, she is certainly deserving of the honor.
After finishing her previous 10 games with a single-digit scoring output, Kia Nurse needed just the first half against the Wings to clear the 10-point benchmark, notching 12 points before the break. The rookie finished the contest with 25 points, the second-highest total of her career and the most since she exploded for 34 points against the Fever (6/2).
The Liberty rank bottom-four in the league in points per game, but their offense has been on the come-up in recent contests. Over their last four, New York has averaged 90.0 points per game, nearly 11 more than their season average. Over that span, they’re shooting 48.0 percent from the field.
Epiphanny Prince missed the first seven games of the season rehabbing from a concussion but has since gained her footing to become the consistent scoring threat she has been throughout her career. The guard is averaging 11.6 points per game over her last nine, and she’ll add a new element to the Liberty attack after sitting out the first matchup against the Dream.