Charles, Nurse Combine For 50 Points In Liberty Victory Against Storm, 84-83

SEATTLE – Entering the game on Wednesday, the New York Liberty had not defeated the Seattle Storm sinceJuly 6, 2017. That all changed when the Liberty upended the Storm, 84-83 in a game that went down to the wire at Alaska Airlines Arena.

In the team’s third-consecutive win, Tina Charles and Kia Nurse combined for 50 points for New York. The team shot 49.3% from the field and 42.1% from the three-point line on the day.

In the first half, the Liberty came back from being down by as much as six points to take the lead with less than five minutes in the half. A free throw by Natasha Howard helped the Storm regain the lead with 2:15 left in the second quarter.

Back-to-back baskets for the Liberty followed by a buzzer-beating three-point shot by Kia Nurse, gave the Liberty a six-point lead, its largest lead of the half.  A rapid 5-0 run to end the half cut the Liberty lead to one point going into the locker room.

In the second half, the Storm got off to a strong third quarter, starting with a 16-6 run in the first 5 minutes. Kia Nurse scored a quick eight points on her own during the last four minutes of the quarter to help cut the Seattle lead.

A 7-0 Liberty run to open the final quarter of the game brought the team within three points.

Both teams traded buckets in the fourth quarter, in a game that saw 19 lead changes. With less than one-minute remaining, New York led Seattle by one point. Tina Charles’ 11 fourth quarter points was enough to push the Liberty past the Storm and to the team’s third consecutive win.

New York will soon return to Seattle for a second matchup on July 14 against the Storm.

UP NEXT: The Liberty end a three-game road trip at Phoenix on Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

 LIBERTY NOTES:

  • New York’s scoring was led by both Tina Charles (26) and Kia Nurse (24). Charles shot 50% (11-22) from the field and the three-point line (1-2) and grabbed eight rebounds.
  • Kia Nurse started the game hot, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. On the game, she shot an efficient 83.3% (9-12) from the field and 57.1% (4-7) from the three-point line.
  • Brittany Boyd added seven points and ten assists to the New York effort.
  • Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe scored 5 points in the first quarter alone. She finished the game with a season-high 8 points and five rebounds.
  • New York struggled from the free throw line shooting only 61.5% on the day.
  • Reshanda Gray added eight rebounds, four points and three steals to the victory.
  • Tanisha Wright returned to her former team and scored a season-high10 points, four assists and two steals.
  • Avery Warley-Talbert made her 2019 regular season debut playing seven minutes for the Liberty.
  • Going into today’s game, Kia Nurse was only six points away from scoring her 500thcareer points in the WNBA. She hit the milestone with her 24-point performance.