Liberty Fall to Sparks, 96-70, Despite Jocelyn Willoughby’s Career Night

GAME LEADERS NEW YORK LOS ANGELES
POINTS Willoughby (21) N. Ogwumike (20)
REBOUNDS Stokes (8) N. Ogwumike (8)
ASSISTS Clarendon (5) C. Gray (9)

 

TEAM NOTABLES

#SayHerNameIt has been 179 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 Tuesday night, the New York Liberty (2-17) fell to the Los Angeles Sparks (15-5), 96-70.

New York shot 37.9% from the field and 34.3% from beyond the arc.

The Liberty had 26 rebounds, 18 assists and 29 bench points. The team’s defense held Los Angeles point guard Chelsea Gray to a season-low 3 points.

Los Angeles’ 26-point win over New York ties the franchises’ largest margin of victory against the Liberty.


Key Runs:

The Los Angeles Sparks opened the game on a 11-3 run in the first 5 minutes of the contest. LA ended the first quarter up, 25-12. Candace Parker scored 8 first quarter points and 4 rebounds on perfect shooting from the field (3-3) and the free throw line (2-2).

New York cut a 20-point first half deficit to only 11 going into the locker room down 42-31 thanks to an 8-0 run. The Liberty outscored the Sparks 19-17 in the second quarter.  Jocelyn Willoughby had 13 first-half points on 5-6 shooting from the field and 3-3 from beyond the arc.

Third quarter scoring rolled in slowly, however LA got out on a 12-6 run with 5:43 remaining. The Sparks scored 26 third quarter points while the Liberty scored 15 and entered the final frame down 18 points (68-46).

Los Angeles edged New York in the final 10 minutes of play, 28-24, to secure their 15th win of the 2020 season.

Up Next: The New York Liberty will take on the Indiana Fever on Tuesday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m. ET on CBSSN and Fox Sports GO.

 

PLAYER NOTABLES

#SayHerNameIt has been 179 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.

In her fourth career start, Jocelyn Willoughby totaled a game and career-high 21 points, shooting 87.5% (7-8) from the field and a perfect 5-5 from beyond the arc.

Kia Nurse recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds which ties her season-high on the glass.

Paris Kea added 11 points in 14:48 minutes off the bench on 60.0% (3-5) shooting from deep.

Megan Walker tied her career-high 8 points off of the Liberty bench against the Sparks.

Kiah Stokes secured a team-high 8 boards while matching a career-best 4 assists.

Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks’ offense tonight with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Riquna Williams also totaled 20 points over 32:47 minutes off the bench for LA, while Candace Parker finished with a balanced stat line of 14 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds.