Tina Charles’ Double-Double Not Enough to Push Liberty Past the Sun

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (July 24, 2019) – The New York Liberty met the Connecticut Sun for the first time in the 2019 regular season today for a matinee game at Mohegan Sun Arena. Despite leading by as many as seven points, the Liberty ultimately fell to the league’s leading team, 70-63.

Seven-time all-star veteran forward Tina Charles led all Liberty scorers with 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in her fourth double-double of the season.

The first half began with Connecticut winning the tip and going on a 9-3 run to open the first three minutes of the game. A three-point shot by Rebecca Allen with less than one minute into the first quarter cut the Sun lead to three going into the second.

Rebecca Allen opened the second quarter with another three to tie the game at 18. A defensive stop and a third three by Allen gave the Liberty the lead.

New York went into the locker room at half up 39-36 but a low-scoring third quarter for both teams ended with Connecticut outscoring the Liberty 14-7 and regaining the lead for the remainder of the contest.

Back-to-back baskets for Bria Hartley cut the Connecticut lead to two early in the fourth, however, a three-point shot by Jasmine Thomas extended the Sun lead to five mid-way through the fourth quarter.

Two free throws by Kia Nurse late in the fourth cut the Connecticut lead to six, again, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win.

After shooting 100% from the line in the first half, New York missed six free throws in the fourth quarter and ultimately fell to Connecticut, 70-63.

UP NEXT: After All-Star break, the Liberty will be back in action on August 1 in Dallas when they face the Wings at 7 p.m. ET.

LIBERTY NOTES:

  • 2019 All-Star starter, Kia Nurse left the game in the first quarter due to a left elbow sprain. She returned to play in the second half of the game with bracing. She is active and will participate in All-Star weekend.
  • New York shot 33.3% from the field and 30.4% from beyond the arc.
  • The Liberty led by as many as seven points against the Sun and never went down more than eight points throughout the game.
  • Bria Hartley was the team’s second-leading scorer with 12 points and three assists.
  • Rebecca Allen scored nine points for the Liberty, shooting 60% (3-5) from deep.
  • Asia Durr returned to the floor after missing three games due to a minor groin strain. She did not score but played over eight minutes in the game.