NEW YORK, N.Y. – JUNE 13, 2015 – The New York Liberty will play its third game of a four-contest home stand when it hosts the Washington Mystics on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden at 6 p.m. It will be Dads and Daughters night with a Family Fun Zone on the concourse, featuring face painting, pop-a-shot, balloon artists and more prior to the game.
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ALL-TIME: New York leads, 41-26
2015 SEASON: Washington, 1-0
LAST MEETING: June 6, 2015 (at Washington) – Washington 67, New York 62
New York has won back-to-back games, most recently defeating the defending WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury on Thursday night, 68-57, while Washington is coming off a 64-61 loss to the Atlanta Dream on Friday night.
This will be the first rematch of the season for the Liberty, which lost at Washington, 67-62, last Saturday. Tina Charles led New York with 18 points and eight boards in the first meeting, while Emma Meesseman scored 16 points with nine rebounds for Washington.
So far this season, New York has gotten off to a hot start thanks in large part to its defensive intensity. The Liberty rank first in the WNBA, limiting opponents to just 34.8 percent shooting from the floor through the first four games. New York has held two opponents under 70 points, and allowed just 58 against Phoenix, while holding the Mercury to 57 points.
MORE ON FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
- In its 68-57 win over Phoenix on June 11, the Liberty held the Mercury to just 29.2 percent shooting from the field.
- It was the first time New York held an opponent under 30.0 percent since limiting Tulsa to 29.3 percent in a 78-76 Liberty win in overtime on May 31, 2013.
- Phoenix posted the lowest field goal percentage for a Liberty foe since 2012, when again it was the Mercury, shooting just 17-of 69 (.246).
- New York’s team record for lowest opponent field goal percentage is .241, set on July 8, 1999, when it beat the Cleveland Rockers 84-49 at The Garden.
New York is off to a hot start at 3-1 overall, sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings. The Liberty is also a perfect 3-0 so far at Madison Square Garden. New York is 3-1 for the first time since the 2007 season.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
After scoring 19 points in the win over Phoenix on Thursday night, Tina Charles has now led the Liberty offensively in all four games this season. She is averaging 18.8 ppg, which ranks fourth in the WNBA, and the 19 points and 11 rebounds on Thursday was her second double-double of the season. Charles’ 8.8 rebounds per game also rank fourth in the league.
ESSENCE COMES ALIVE
After scoring in double figures for the first time on Tuesday, Essence continued her offensive upswing on Thursday vs. Phoenix, scoring 10 points on 2-of-4 shooting from behind the arc. She is now averaging 7.8 points per game and is 5-of-10 from 3-point range.
LIVING UP TO HER REPUTATION
Rookie Kiah Stokes came into the league known as an outstanding shot blocker, and early in her pro career she is living up to that reputation. She blocked 2 shots again against Phoenix, swatted three shots in the game vs. Indiana on Tuesday, recorded two blocks at Washington and three in her rookie debut vs. Atlanta. She is second in the WNBA with 2.5 blocks per game, and first in the league with 10 overall. With Stokes holding down the interior, New York ranks second in the league, averaging 6.3 blocks per game.
THIRD QUARTER’S A CHARM
For the second-straight game, the Liberty had a huge third quarter which was ultimately the deciding factor in another win. New York outscored Phoenix 23-16 in the quarter, shooting 52-percent from the field while holding Phoenix to just 33-percent. The Liberty outscored Indiana 24-13 on Tuesday night and went onto win as well. Over the past two games, New York is outscoring the opposition 47-29 in the third stanza.