Kea Nets Career-High Against Former Team, Nurse Reaches 1,000 Points in Loss

POINTS Kea (21) Dupree (22)
REBOUNDS Jones (10) Dupree (6)
ASSISTS Jones, Nurse (4) Dupree (7)



#SayHerNameIt has been 181 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.

On Thursday, the New York Liberty (2-18) took on the Indiana Fever (6-15) and lost, 85-75.

New York was without starting guard and Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award nominee, Layshia Clarendon, who did not play tonight due to a back injury.

The Liberty shot 39.5% (30-76) from the field and 23.1% (6-26) from beyond the arc. For the first time this season, the team also shot perfectly from the charity stripe, going 9-9 on the night.

New York scored 19 points off turnovers, 11 second-chance points and 11 fast break points. Indiana was held to 14 points off turnovers, 8 second-chance points and 2 fast break points.

All active Liberty players scored at least one field goal tonight.

Key Runs:

Both teams traded baskets for the majority of the opening frame. With no significant runs and 4:18 remaining in the first quarter, New York led Indiana 15-14. The Liberty outscored the Fever 24-20 in a quarter that saw 8 lead changes and 4 ties. The 24 first quarter points is a Liberty season-high.

Indiana opened the second quarter on an 13-4 run to take a 7-point lead with less than 6 minutes remaining in the first half. The Fever extended its second quarter run to 21-10 with 2:55 remaining in the first half.

Despite finishing on a 6-0 run in the last 1:32 thanks to back-to-back triples, New York went into the locker room down 42-46, after the Fever outscored the team 26-18 in the second quarter.

New York came out of the locker room on a 10-4 run to regain the lead for the first time in the second half. Indiana fought back, however, the Liberty outscored the team 20-16 in the third and went into the fourth tied at 62.

Tied at 62 apiece to begin the final frame, Indiana surged ahead with a 5-0 run with 7:02 remaining in the contest. New York’s first points in the fourth came at the 6:16 mark, thanks to two made free throws by Kia Nurse. Indiana extended their run to 10-4 with 3:11 remaining; all 4 of the Liberty’s points in that stretch came from the free throw line.

The Fever finished the fourth quarter with a 23-13 advantage to solidify their 6th victory of the 2020 season.

Up Next: The New York Liberty will take on the Washington Mystics on Saturday, September 12, at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBA TV and Fox Sports GO.



#SayHerNameIt has been 181 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.

Paris Kea reentered the starting lineup tonight against her former team and led Liberty scoring with a career-high 21 points on 44.4% (8-18) from the field and 42.9% (3-7) from beyond the arc.

Kia Nurse entered tonight’s contest sitting at 986 total career points. Her 18-point performance helped her surpass the 1,000-point mark, making her the 221st player in league history to reach the milestone. Nurse reached 14 points at the 6:44 mark in the third quarter when she connected on a three-pointer.

Jazmine Jones finished with a near double-double of 9 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. The WNBA All-Rookie Team candidate also added 4 assists and 4 steals. Jones is just the 2nd player in WNBA history to record 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals off the bench, and is the 9th first-year player do so. If you are reading this and you have a vote, vote for Jaz!

Jocelyn Willoughby also neared a double-double, adding 8 points on 50.0% (4-8) shooting from the field and 8 rebounds.

Veteran Candice Dupree led all scorers with 22 points, 7 assists and 6 boards across 35:13 minutes. Dupree’s performance makes her the first Liberty opponent to lead their team across all three categories in a game this year.

Kelsey Mitchell finished with 18-4-4 for the Fever, while second-year center Teaira McCowan added 14 points and 5 rebounds, shooting nearly perfect (6-7) from the field.