New York Liberty
Up: Sabrina Ionescu; Betnijah Laney
In her first recreation since struggling an ankle harm in her rookie season that pressured her to overlook 19 of her crew’s 22 video games, Sabrina Ionescu started her sophomore marketing campaign with a bang. She posted a double-double with 25 factors and 11 assists including six rebounds together with the three-pointer that gave the lead with 0.4 seconds remaining within the recreation, which led to their eventual 90-87 win.
In the meantime, veteran ahead Betnijah Laney had performed unimaginable in her New York Liberty debut scoring a game-high 30 factors on 61% capturing including 5 rebounds. This included scoring 11 factors within the opening quarter that additionally noticed her make three of her 4 three-point pictures within the recreation.
Whereas the Indiana Fever’s bench didn’t play significantly better, the outperformed New York Liberty’s bench by a mile. The Liberty’s bench was nearly non existent within the recreation combining to contribute extra turnovers (seven) and fouls (eight) than they did factors (5) within the recreation.
Up: Dynamic frontcourt
Third-year middle Teaira McCowan and former All-Star Jantel Lavender kicked off their season with a bang filling up the stat sheet for his or her crew. McCowan completed with 22 factors, 16 rebounds (seven offensive rebounds) and two blocks whereas Lavender recorded 9 factors, 10 boards (eight offensive rebounds) and three assists.
Down: Three-point capturing/closing minute
One of many Indiana Fever’s weaknesses of their recreation in opposition to the Liberty was their three-point capturing, which noticed them miss 15 of 18 makes an attempt. Nonetheless, their execution within the closing minute of the sport was arguably worse. Main 86-82 with 47 seconds remaining within the recreation, the Liberty went on a 8-1 run to win the sport. The run included two Ionescu treys and free throws.
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