Essence Carson Year in Review


  • Won the WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for the month of June. It was the second time in her career that Carson received the Community Assist award
  • Supported a wide range of community initiatives with Hospital for Special Surgery, Drug-Free Foundation and the Garden of Dreams Foundation
  • Appeared in all but one game this season, making 12 starts. Scored in double figures six times
  • Averaged 6.1 ppg and nailed 12 3-pointers in the regular season, tied for fourth in the team
  • Scored a season-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting in a win over San Antonio on July 15
  • Knocked down all three 3-poin attempts in a win over Indiana on June 9
  • Had 12 points and seven rebounds in a win at Los Angeles on July 22
  • Season-high seven assists in a victory at Chicago on June 30

The longest tenured player on the Liberty, spending all eight of her WNBA seasons in New York, Essence Carson proved she could make an impact on the court every night in a variety of ways and display her versatility.

After starting the first 12 games of the season, and scoring in double figures in three-straight games from June 9-19, Carson evolved into one of New York’s first off the bench starting with a home-stretch that included back-to-back matchups with San Antonio and Connecticut.

In that first game against the Stars, she erupted for a season-high 16 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the field, and went on to score in double figures in three of the next seven games.


As a player that can get to the rim, shoot from long range, rebound, and handle the rock, her impact from game to game continued to vary, but Carson always provided an indispensable veteran presence on the team that posted the best regular season record in the WNBA.

Those same leadership qualities extended to off the court activities, where Carson’s work in the community continued to garner recognition.

For the second year in a row she received the WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm, for her community work throughout the month of June. She met with contestants from the Garden of Dreams Foundation’s youth talent show at Radio City Music Hall, led a youth basketball clinic in her hometown of Paterson, N.J., and visited pediatric patients at Hospital for Special Surgery, where she had undergone ACL surgery in 2013.  Carson spent time in the hospital’s Lerner Children’s Pavilion, playing games, taking photos and signing autographs.

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