The New York Liberty have beat the Washington Mystics 74-66 from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The win is the Liberty’s first of the season, after starting the bubble season, 0-5. The Mystics fall to 3-3 this season. The win was head coach Walt Hopkins’ first as the New York Liberty head coach.
The Liberty were led by three players in double digits, center, Amanda Zahui B with, 14 points, guard Layisha Clarendon with 14 and guard Kia Nurse with 17. The win was punctuated by a late block by Zahui B on Messeman, for her 100th career block, also leading to some words between Mystics guard Hines Allen and Zahui B. About the words Zahui B, shed some light on what was said, “They were just talking…. and my teammates told me to just stay poised.”
All this comes after a team meeting, trying to right the ship yesterday, after the 30 point loss for the Liberty at the hands of the Minnesota Lynx. Coach Walt Hopkins detailed the meeting saying that the entire team put all their emotions about being in the bubble out, and talked about their daily things that were in their control, “what’s your controllable today…everybody controlled their controllable today.”
Washington struggled only shooting 4 of 16 from beyond the arch, which Clarendon chalked up the defensive scheming by the Liberty. While the Liberty shot 12-32, good for 37.5% from three-point range.
The New York Liberty are back in action on August 9th when they face the Las Vegas Aces. The Washington Mystics are back in action on August 9th against the Indiana Fever.
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