Home in Brooklyn, the New York Liberty (9-9) defeated the Washington Mystics (7-10), 82-79, coming back from a 20-point deficit. The last time any WNBA team came back from down 20+ to win a contest was in 2019. New York won their ninth contest this afternoon, evening their 2021 season record to .500.
Entering today, the Liberty had just one comeback win when trailing by 20+ points in franchise history, also against the Washington Mystics on August 21, 2003.
At the half, New York trailed Washington by 19 points. The Liberty outscored the Mystics 49-28 in the second half to secure the win.
In the final two minutes of the game, Sabrina Ionescu found Reshanda Gray in consecutive possessions for a 4-0 run to give New York the lead. Betnijah Laney sealed the victory by knocking down a pair of free throws within the final two seconds, en route to an 82-79 comeback win.
In a contest that saw seven lead changes and only one tie, New York finished with 16 team assists and their second-lowest turnover total of the season (12). The team also totaled 39 rebounds, outrebounding the Mystics 39-34.
The Liberty tallied 42 points in the paint, their second-highest total of the season, and notched 11 fast break points.
New York finished on 45.3% (29-64) shooting from the field, 40.0% (8-20) from beyond the arc and 84.2% (16-19) at the free throw line.
For the first time since May 23 at Chicago, five Liberty players scored in double figures in tonight’s game (Laney, Jones, Ionescu, Onyenwere, Gray).
Betnijah Laney led all Liberty scorers with 19 points on 50.0% (7-14) from the field, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds. Today, Betnijah scored in double figures for the 17th time through her first 18 games in Seafoam and is currently the only player in the league to average 19.0+ points and 5.0+ assists per game.
Jazmine Jones tied her season-high of 17 points on 44.4% (4-9) from the field, 66.7% (2-3) from deep, 100% from the line (7-7) and 5 rebounds.
Sabrina Ionescu recorded 15 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. She has scored at least 6 points and grabbed 5 boards in five of her last six games.
Two-time WNBA Rookie of the Month, Michaela Onyenwere, totaled 11 points on 44.4% (4-9) from the field and 75.0% (3-4) from the line; her fourth consecutive game in double figure scoring.
In her first game back with New York, Reshanda Gray posted 11 points on 55.6% (5-6) shooting from the field and 6 rebounds, including a 6-point fourth quarter that helped complete New York’s 20-point comeback.
Sami Whitcomb tied her career-high of 9 rebounds to go along with 6 points.
Former Liberty franchise player, Tina Charles, returned to New York for the first time in a Mystics uniform and led Washington in scoring with 31 points on 54.2% (13-24) shooting and a game-high 16 rebounds.