New York’s 20-Point Comeback Takes Down Sparks in Back-to-Back, 64-61

TEAM NOTABLES

On Wednesday, the New York Liberty (13-18) defeated the Los Angeles Sparks (12-19), 64-61, for the second time in as many nights in the final game of their 2022 three-game season series.

At Barclays Center, the Liberty finished on 31.5% (23-73) shooting from the field, 25.0% (7-28) from three, and 78.6% (11-14) at the free throw line.

The Liberty took a one-point, 60-59 lead at the 1:17 mark of the fourth quarter – their first lead of the game.

En route to eclipsing the most franchise wins since the 2017 season (13), New York overcame a 20-point deficit, tying a franchise record for largest comeback that was originally set against Washington on August 21, 2003, and tied last season on July 3 against the Mystics.

Up Next: The New York Liberty will embark on their four-game final regular season road trip, beginning with a stop in the Valley to take on the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, August 6 at 10 p.m. ET.

 

KEY RUNS

Q1: Los Angeles went on a 22-8 run from the 9:13 mark of the first to the 1:05 mark of the quarter.

Q2: New York went on a 20-7 run from the 7:49 mark of the second to the 1:19 mark of the quarter.

Q3: New York went on a 13-2 run from the 5:41 mark of the third to the 0:30 mark of the quarter.

Q4: New York went on a 7-0 run from the 7:51 mark of the fourth to the 4:49 mark of the quarter.


PLAYER NOTABLES

Two Liberty players scored in double figures in tonight’s game (Ionescu, Howard).

Sabrina Ionescu totaled a game-high 20 points, including 11 points in the fourth quarter, as well as team-highs of eight rebounds, and six assists.

Natasha Howard finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Crystal Dangerfield, Marine Johannès and Stefanie Dolson finished with nine, eight and seven points, respectively. Dolson added a team-high eight boards on the evening.

For Los Angeles, Nneka Ogwumike finished with a team-high 19 points on 72.7% (8-11) shooting from the field, seven rebounds, and two assists.