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With nine more game days to play in the WNBA before the start of the summer Olympics, things have been heating up. The Olympic teams have been announced, the WNBA All-Stars were chosen this week, and teams are trying to end the first half of the season on a good note. The New York Liberty have a couple of players involved, and you can catch up here for anything you missed.
Betnijah Laney is announced to the WNBA All-Star Team
Last year’s MIP is putting up 19.7 ppg and is shooting 50% from the field, proving that she was the Liberty’s best signing this offseason. She scored 20+ points for eight consecutive games, being a major part of the Liberty’s early-season success. Another accolade to add to her resume – she made the All-Star game this week. This is her first selection and it is very much deserved. Per the Liberty, Laney is the 15th Liberty player to make the All-Star game, making her the first Liberty player to be selected since Kia Nurse and Tina Charles in 2019.
👑🐝 is headed to Vegas! ✈️🤑— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) June 30, 2021
WNBA’s Most Improved Player in 2020, now has earned her first All-Star selection. Libs Fam, help us congratulate Betnijah and thank you all for voting!
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Veteran Center Kiah Stokes is cut from the team
On June 30, the Liberty announced that they waived center Kiah Stokes. Stokes had just returned after some time away overseas and was picked up by the Las Vegas Aces. Stokes had been with the team since 2015, and according to the team, she is their franchise leader in blocks (195).
Multiple league sources confirm to @TheNextHoops that former New York Liberty Center Kiah Stokes has signed with the Las Vegas Aces. Stokes joins her former coach Bill Laimbeer who she played for from 2015-2017.#ALLIN | #WNBA| #counit— Jackie Powell (@ClassicJpow) June 30, 2021
For more on why this move happened, check out this piece on her playing style by Jackie Powell.
Bec Allen is set to play in the Olympics
Okay, you got me, this didn’t happen this week. Nevertheless, I’d like to give Allen her flowers. In case you’ve forgotten, Allen is set to represent Australia at the summer Olympics.
She’s been dealing with Plantar fasciitis recently, so hopefully, Allen will be okay in time to participate.
The New York Liberty have four games left on the schedule before the Olympics, and they currently stand at 8-9 in third place in the Eastern Conference. They’ll play the Mystics, Wings, Fever, and finally, the Sun. I’m sure that the team will be looking to close this first half of the season on a good note, making a push to finish over .500.
You can continue to catch the games on League Pass or on the TV channels listed on wnba.com/schedule.
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