Liberty Fall to Dream 78-84 in Hard-Fought Team Effort

BRADENTON, FLA. —July 31, 2020— In Friday’s matchup against the Atlanta Dream, New York fought back from down as many as 14 points but ultimately fell 78-84. Liberty rookie guard Sabrina Ionescu left the game in the second quarter after suffering an ankle sprain.

Four of the Liberty’s players recorded double-digit scoring figures, and Jazmine Jones led the group with 20 points in her second career WNBA game. Layshia Clarendon finished with 16, which marks her third-consecutive game in double-digit figures. Jocelyn Willoughby provided consistency from beyond the arc, scoring two of three three-point attempts, and totaling 14 points on the night. Ionescu finished with 10 points despite only logging 12 minutes.

KEY STATS:

  • #SayHerNameIt has been 140 days since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her own apartment. The officers responsible for her death have not been arrested.
  • New York finished with 34 points in the paint, 2 more than Atlanta.
  • In a game that saw 6 ties and 4 lead changes, New York shot 38.9% from the field, 24.1% from beyond the arc and 88.2% from the charity stripe.
  • The Liberty’s 43-41 first half lead is the team’s first time outscoring an opponent in the first half.
  • Amanda Zahui B’s 2 blocks place her at 98 career blocks. Six Liberty players recorded at least one block today. Additionally, New York out-blocked Atlanta 11-2 on the night.
  • Layshia Clarendon has scored in double figures in three consecutive games this season. The last time Layshia scored double figures for three consecutive games was when they had 4-straight from 7/25/17 – 8/3/17 while on the Dream roster.
  • New York went on a 16-10 run to cut Atlanta’s lead to as little as two points in the fourth.
  • Both teams recorded 19 points off the opponent’s 15 turnovers.

KEY RUNS:

  • #SayHerNameIt has been 140 days since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her own apartment. The officers responsible for her death have not been arrested.
  • 1Q: After winning the tip, Atlanta came out hot opening the contest with a 12-0 run in the first five minutes on 50% (5-10) shooting from the field and 50% (1-2) from deep. New York punched back with a 13-6 run of their own to close the quarter and shorten the gap to only 6 after going down as many as 13.
  • 2Q: The Liberty opened the second quarter on a 11-3 run to take their first lead of the game, 25-27 with 6:39 left in the half. New York outscored Atlanta 27-19 in the second quarter to take a 2-point lead heading into the locker room.
  • 3Q: Atlanta opened the third on a 13-0 run to take an 11-point lead with 5:22 remaining in the quarter. New York punched back with a 10-5 run to end the quarter and cut the deficit to 5 points.
  • 4Q: 4Q: Jocelyn Willoughby’s eight point fourth quarter performance got the Liberty within two points down the stretch.\

LIBERTY NOTES:

  • #SayHerNameIt has been 140 days since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her own apartment. The officers responsible for her death have not been arrested.
  • 4 New York players scored in double figures, Jones (20), Clarendon (16), Willoughby (14), and Ionescu (10).
  • Layshia Clarendon fouled out of the game but finished with 16 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
  • Ionescu left the game in the second quarter with an ankle sprain. Jones and Kia Nurse have also suffered ankle sprains this season.
  • New York’s bench contributed 36 points, led by Jazmine Jones’ 20-point effort. Jones shot 60% (6-10) from the field.
  • Jocelyn Willoughby made her debut as a starter adding 14 points (2-3 3PT), 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Willoughby shot 50% (5-10) from the field and scored 8 of her 14 in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT:

New York will take on the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday, August 2. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 PM ET on ESPN.