New York Takes Control In Second Half Over Connecticut, 81-65


  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FINAL
LIBERTY 17 15 25 24 81
SUN 23 15 13 14 65


POINTS Stewart (21) Hayes (16)
REBOUNDS Ionescu, Thornton (7) Jones, Thomas (8)
ASSISTS Vandersloot (10) Hayes (3)



In Saturday afternoon’s second-annual AAPI Heritage Game, the New York Liberty (2-1) defeated the Connecticut Sun (3-1), 81-65, in the first game of their 2023 four-game season series.

At Barclays Center, the Liberty finished on 47.1% (32-68) shooting from the field, 40.9% (9-22) from three, and 61.5% (8-13) at the free throw line.

New York out-scored Connecticut by 12 points in the third quarter to take a six-point, 57-51, lead into the fourth. New York also set season-highs in offensive rebounds (11), steals (10), and blocks (5) in today’s contest.

Including her 21-point performance tonight, Breanna Stewart set a franchise record for the most points scored over a three-game span to open a season with her 78 total points scored to open the 2023 campaign.

Up Next: The New York Liberty will hit the road to take on the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, May 30, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.



Q1: Connecticut went on a 10-2 run from the 6:03 mark of the first to the 4:21 mark of the period.

Q2: New York went on a 6-0 run from the 7:14 mark of the second to the 6:10 mark of the period.

Q3: New York went on a 21-9 run from the 7:59 mark of the third to the 0:37 mark of the period.

Q4: New York went on a 13-5 run from the 8:55 mark of the fourth to the 4:39 mark of the period.


In today’s game, New York finished with three double-figure scorers (Stewart, Vandersloot, Ionescu).

Breanna Stewart finished with a game-high 21 points on 43.8% (7-16) shooting from the field, including 50% (3-6) from three, six rebounds, a game-high six steals, five assists, and a game-high four blocks. At the 2:38 mark of the first, she recorded her 250th career steal, and her six-steal performance tied a career-high.

Highlighted by the first double-double of her Liberty career, Courtney Vandersloot added 18 points on 70% (7-10) shooting from the floor, including 66.7% (2-3) shooting from three, a game-high 10 assists, and six rebounds.

Sabrina Ionescu finished with 17 points, including 44.4% (4-9) from three, seven rebounds, and three assists. Today, she knocked down her 150th career three-pointer at the 7:33 mark of the first quarter.

Kayla Thornton tied for a team-high with seven rebounds, adding six points and two assists.

Stefanie Dolson recorded her 500th career assist at the 1:19 mark of the first quarter, ultimately finishing with four assists, two points, and two rebounds.

At the 8:55 mark of the second, 2022 No. 5 overall selection Nyara Sabally scored the first basket of her WNBA career. In her regular-season debut, she finished with six points and three rebounds.

 For Connecticut, Tiffany Hayes finished with 16 points and four rebounds, while DeWanna Bonner added 14 points and seven rebounds.