Perfect Shooting for Johannès Leads Liberty Past Sparks, 83-78

NEW YORK– In their last home game before All-Star break, the New York Liberty entered today’s matchup against the Los Angeles Sparks looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The team succeeded, defeated the Sparks 83-78 at the Westchester County Center, ending Los Angeles’ three-game winning streak.

Marine Johannès made her homecourt debut scoring a team-and season-high 17 points on 100% (6-6) shooting from the field and also 100% (4-4) from beyond the arc.

New York jumped out to a quick start in their last matchup of the 2019 regular season against Los Angeles, leading by as many as 12 points in the first half of the game.

The Liberty maintained its first half lead for the remainder of the game, despite many runs by the Sparks in the second half to cut the New York lead down to as few as one point.

The Liberty went up by nine early in the fourth quarter, but a 3-point shot by Nneka cut the Liberty lead to 64-59.

The last minute of the fourth quarter came down to free throw shooting for the Liberty to help clinch the win. Reshanda Gray was fouled with 36.4 seconds in the fourth quarter and made 1-2 free throws to give the Liberty a two-point lead.

Tanisha Wright was fouled with 32.9 seconds on the clock and made 2-2 free throws to give New York a four-point lead. The Sparks were tenacious. A made three-point shot by Los Angeles guard Chelsea Gray cut the Liberty lead to one point with 24.3 seconds left in the game.

Tina Charles shot 2-2 free throws with 17.4 seconds in the game to give New York a three-point lead and ultimately a victory.

The game saw only four lead changes, which all occurred in the first quarter. With 16 games left in the season, New York’s new record of 8-10 is one game better than last year’s overall winning record.

UP NEXT: The Liberty will be back in action in Connecticut against the Sun on Wednesday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

LIBERTY NOTES:

• Asia Durr did not play due to a minor groin strain injury.

• New York shot 46.2% from the field and 72.7% (8-11) from the three-point line.

• The Liberty bench scored 33 points, with every player who entered the game scoring at least two points.

• Marine Johannes scored a team-and season-high 17 points off of the bench, leading all first-half scorers with 13 first-half points (11 in the second quarter) on 100% shooting from the field and three-point line.

• Kia Nurse was the team’s second-leading scorer with 14 points on 66.7% from the field and 50% (1-2) from beyond the arc. This is her 15th time scoring double figures in the 2019 seaosn.

• Reshanda Gray recorded a near double-double with 10 points on 57.1% from the field, and eight rebounds.

• Tanisha Wright started her first game of the season and finished with seven points and five assists.

• Brittany Boyd recorded her 100th assist of the season, finishing with a game-high of six.

• Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe finished the game tying her season-high eight points off of the bench.