Key Takeaways from the Liberty’s Win at Seattle

By Arden Franklyn

One of the many common phrases in sports happens to be “all it takes is one.” One of anything can make a difference for any athlete or coach. On a night highlighted by Tina Charles dominating with 29 points and 12 rebounds, the New York Liberty secured a 79-70 road win over the Seattle Storm. The Liberty now look to recover from a recent stretch of dropping 4-of-5 as a 12-day road trip comes to an end against Phoenix on Sunday night.

1. More history coming for Tina Charles

There are starting to become fewer things, Tina Charles can accomplish during her basketball career. After grabbing 12 rebounds vs. the Storm, Charles moved within striking distance of becoming the franchise leader with 1,062 rebounds, moveing past Liberty Ring of Honor inductee and current San Antonio Stars coach, Vicki Johnson (1,053 rebounds). Charles already ranks 9th in WNBA history with 2,472 rebounds in her career.

2. Vaughn is beginning to emerge

Similar to guard Bria Hartley, center Kia Vaughn is also carrying the weight of expectations after being acquired by the Liberty during the offseason. The eight year veteran has put together a really strong stretch of basketball over the past couple of week. On Thursday night, Vaughn had a double-double with 13 Points and 11 Rebounds and just four days prior, produced 10 Points and eight rebounds against the Atlanta Dream.

3. Turnovers were under control

Before facing the Storm, the Liberty had been struggling to take care of the ball in recent games, turning it over 32 times combined in the two games prior to Thursday which included a new season high of 21 vs. Washington. But there was a big difference against the Storm, as the Liberty only committed 11 turnovers which was also three less than their opponent, and New York outscored the Storm 18-14 in points off turnovers. The Liberty improved to 5-1 on the year when scoring more points off turnovers.