Clarendon Records 1500th Point in Loss to Fever, 86-79

GAME LEADERS NEW YORK INDIANA
POINTS Nurse (21) T. Mitchell (19)
REBOUNDS Stokes (8) McCowan (13)
ASSISTS Nurse, Jones (3) Allemand (5)

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TEAM NOTABLES

#SayHerNameIt has been 153 days since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her own apartment. The officers responsible for her death (Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankinson, and Myles Cosgrove) have not been arrested.

First-year head coaches Walt Hopkins and Marianne Stanley matched up Thursday night in Bradenton, Florida. The Liberty (1-8) fell to the Fever (4-5), 86-79.

New York had 31 rebounds, 12 assists and a season-high three-point field goal percentage of 38.5% (10-26).

The Liberty outscored the Fever 39-35 in the second half.

Three Liberty players scored in double figures, including 17 bench points.

New York protected the ball well tonight, committing a season-low 7 turnovers.

Key Runs:

Indiana went on a 14-3 run to end the opening quarter, taking a 10-point lead. The match saw 8 lead changes in the first quarter alone, the most lead changes in any full Liberty game this season.

The Fever opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 16.

New York cut Indiana’s lead to 8, thanks to a 10-2 run midway through the second. The Liberty cut what was a 16-point deficit to 11 before entering the locker room for halftime.

Mid way through the third, New York cut Indiana’s lead to only 6, the smallest deficit since the opening quarter on an 8-2 run. Indiana punched back with an 11-0 run to extend their lead to 13 with 2:53 remaining in the third.

Despite the Fever’s momentum, the Liberty continued to chip away at the Fever lead, going on a 11-6 run to enter the fourth quarter down 7 points.

New York began the fourth hot on a 5-0 run, holding Indiana scoreless until the 6:22 minute mark in final quarter.

With 6:39 remaining in the fourth, New York clawed all the way back to a two-point deficit (69-67), forcing an Indiana timeout. However, Indiana maintained their lead and forced the Liberty to begin fouling in the closing minutes.

Up Next: The New York Liberty will take on the Minnesota Lynx for the second time this season on Saturday, August 15, at 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports GO.

 

PLAYER NOTABLES

#SayHerNameIt has been 153 days since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her own apartment. The officers responsible for her death (Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankinson, and Myles Cosgrove) have not been arrested.

Layshia Clarendon scored 13 first half points. They ended the game with 20 points on 47.1% shooting. Layshia has now scored in double figures in 8 of the team’s 9 games this season.

Tonight’s 20-point performance put Clarendon in the WNBA’s 1500-point club, making them the league’s 155th player to reach the milestone.

Kia Nurse recorded a game and season-high 21 points, going 11-12 (91.7%) from the free throw line. She also recorded a season-high 6 rebounds on the night.

Kiah Stokes added a season-high 9 points, including a career-best 3 three-pointers made and a team-high 8 boards.

Jazmine Jones totaled 11 points including 4 rebounds and 3 assists for New York.

The Fever offense was led by a combined 37 points from Tiffany Mitchell and Kelsey Mitchell. Kelsey knocked down a pivotal long-three in the final minute to solidify the victory for Indiana.

Indiana’s veteran forward Candice Dupree entered today’s game six rebounds shy from 3,000 for her career. She finished with an even 6, surpassing the milestone to become the W’s 8th all-time rebounder.