Rebecca Allen’s highest effort of the season led the New York Liberty 76-73 in the celebration game with Los Angeles | | Hoopfeed.com
Published on June 20, 2021
Pass by Cheryl Coward
In a close match on the anniversary of the first WNBA duel in 1997, the New York Liberty defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 76-73 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The game progressed to the final few minutes and included 14 lead changes and 9 draws.
This game is reminiscent of the Liberty’s victory against the Sparks at the Inglewood Forum in Los Angeles 25 years ago. In a game including Lisa Leslie, current Dallas Wings coach Vicki Johnson, Teresa Weatherspoon, Rebecca Lobo, Petunia Toler, Keim Hampton After waiting for the battle of the superstars, the New York team won the game 67-57.
Although the New York Liberty had the upper hand in the first two quarters of the game, surpassing the Sparks by a 44-36 halftime lead in both quarters, the situation changed in the third quarter.
Veteran Kristi Toliver stepped up his offensive firepower and scored 11 points in the third quarter. This is the only player to complete the game in double digits in these ten minutes. Her efforts helped the Los Angeles team beat the Liberty 22-14 in the third quarter.
As a result, the two teams entered the final round and the two sides tied for 58. With the balanced scoring efforts of starters Kylie Shuk, Benicja Lenny and Sammy Whitcomb, and the key defense of Rebecca Allen, the New York team maintained the lead in the game. The visiting team led the home team 18-15 in the previous period. Allen played an important role in preventing the Los Angeles team’s three blocks, including two blocks in the last eight seconds.
When asked what changed in the fourth quarter to stop Tolliver and leave the Sparks behind them after regaining the lead with less than three minutes left, Liberty coach Walter Hopkins said It “really adheres to our principles and enforces our principles defensively.”
He also admitted that some of Tolliver’s field goal percentages were because she was just “an extraordinary player.”
In the final moments of the game, Allen blocked one shot against Tolliver, and the price of the last blocked shot was the Sparks guard Erica Wheeler attempting a three-pointer.
Hopkins praised Allen’s important performance and her “super consciousness” to become an ideal teammate. With her “passing the screen, the ability to shoot games…and her versatility.”
Allen scored a team-high and season-high 19 points, plus 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Whitcomb contributed 17 points and 9 rebounds. Lenny scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and sent 5 assists. She recorded her 1,000day The career point at the 8:02 minute mark of the third quarter.
Shuke also scored 11 points and 7 rebounds in double figures.
Wheeler led the Sparks with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Toliver and Nia Coffey each scored 15 points.
Even in the loss, the Sparks had 30 points in the paint, while the Liberty had only 22 points. However, compared to Los Angeles’ absolute zero, New York has 19 second chance points.
New York will return home to face the Chicago Sky on Tuesday. Los Angeles will host the Washington Mysteries on Thursday.
In the league standings, the New York team ranked fourth with a 7-6 record, while the Sparks ranked tenth with a 5-7 record.
This post is written by Cheryl Coward