New York Liberty

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July 8, 2011 3:03pm
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NEW YORK at SAN ANTONIO

The New York Liberty travel to San Antonio, to take on the Silver Stars in a re-match of New York’s 81-75 victory one week ago. This game will be shown on NBA TV.

Tracey Jucey, of Sports Page Magazine, talks about Essence Carson who has come into her own this season. “Carson is on pace for a breakout season as the Liberty’s most consistent player so far in 2011. Averaging only 3.6 points per game in 2010, her offensive production has more than quadrupled with 14.4 points per game to date.”

One of the many reason for the success of the Silver Stars this season has been the play of their bench. Carolyn Peck, at ESPN W, talks about some of the players who have contributed to San Antonio great start, including rookie Danielle Adams. “After following Adams in the NCAA tournament and watching her lead Texas A&M to a national championship, I have to admit she is a new face who has dramatically captured my attention.”

 

PHOENIX at TULSA

In the other match-up of the night, two teams heading opposite directions will meet for the 1st of their two games in 3 nights, as the Mercury travel to Tulsa to take on the Shock. This game can be seen on Live Access.

Odeen Domingo, of the Arizona Republic, discusses how the Mercury have turned it around after a slow start to the season. Diana Taurasi on the slow start: ”I think in the last few weeks, everyone settled in a little bit, felt a little more comfortable on the court, and knew what we needed from each other to get some wins. Now we just have to continue to work hard and see where it takes us.”

Meanwhile, Tulsa is hoping to turn things around tonight, and one key to a victory is the continued emergence of center Liz Cambage. Jessica Lantz from Swish Appeal talks about the Australian center who ranks in the league’s Top 20 in 24 statistical categories, but has struggled to find her shooting touch. “While her ability to make the bunnies might be a statistical category with room to grow, keep in mind that Cambage is 19 years old. 19. What were you doing when you were 19? Save a very limited few NBA ballers like LeBron James, this is a situation like none other particularly in the women’s game.”

New York Liberty line-up issues

June 23, 2011 9:47am
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Over on the Rebkell board, a hot topic of discussion involves Liberty fans’ dismay over the starting line-up. Losers of four straight games, the Liberty need to find themselves before digging a bigger hole. As one of the least talented teams in the WNBA, it is imperative that they utilize the best scoring combination from the onset to give themselves a better shot at winning games.

One of the biggest issues WRT the line-up is finding minutes for fourth-year guard Essence Carson. Carson, who is averaging 14.7ppg (second on the team) and is the team’s best perimeter defender. This, in all likelihood, makes her the second-best player on the team. Simply stated, she cannot continue to be brought off the bench in favor of one of two weak spots for NY–PG (Leilani Mitchell, who is a one-dimensional shooter with very little defensive ability) and SF (Nicole Powell, who, unlike Mitchell, isn’t even hitting shots and is even worse defensively). One of those players will have to be benched in favor of Carson if the Liberty are to compete in the East for a playoff spot. Because Cappie tends to play better when she’s not managing the offense and because Mitchell can actually hit shots (40% 3-point shooter this season), that leaves Powell as the odd (wo)man out.

Our assistant coach interviews continue today with the New York Liberty’s Monique Ambers

June 14, 2011 9:30am
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If you have been following our site, then you have seen a number of assistant coach interviews. The latest in our series of interviews comes from New York assistant coach Monique Ambers ahead of today’s game against the Atlanta Dream. Coach Ambers rejoins head coach John Whisenant this season after coaching with him in Sacramento where the Monarchs won the 2005 WNBA Championship and were the 2006 finalists.

New York beat Atlanta on June 5th 94-88 in overtime. Pierson led the Liberty with a game high 25 points on 11-17 shooting, while Pondexter dished out 11 assists.

 

On adjusting to a new coach and GM

“The team will definitely go through a learning curve in the early part of the season, but they have been really receptive to the transition.”

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The continued Janel McCarville drama

June 13, 2011 7:19am
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Janel McCarville has recently spoke out about her suspension via her twitter account here. The latest was her response to a Yahoo WNBA “fan perspective” article.

Plenty of opinion and thoughts regarding the Liberty’s decision to suspend McCarville have been discussed in length on the Reb-Kell boards.

 

The Chinese National Team continues on their WNBA tour

May 24, 2011 11:50am
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China has now completed three games during their 2-week WNBA preseason tour.

In their latest stop, the Chinese national team were defeated by the Chicago Sky 84-45. Chicago fans will be excited by 3rd overall pick Courtney Vandersloot who dished out 7 assists with only 2 turnovers in 21 minutes of action. Rookie Carolyn Swords was a pleasant surprise as she finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds as she fights to make the Sky’s roster.

The Chinese national team also fell to the Washington Mystics in scrimmage last Saturday afternoon. Jasmine Thomas, a rookie out of Duke, impressed coaches with her play. “I thought Jasmine’s intensity on defense was good,” Mystics Coach Trudi Lacey said. “As she gets more game experience, her decision-making will get better.”

On their first stop, the Chinese national team were defeated by the Connecticut Sun. They return to action this Friday, May 27th to take on the New York Liberty. It is worth noting many key players were missing for China including Miao Lijie, Lan Bian, Chen Nan and Sui Fei Fei.

To the point, Part 2 (New York Liberty)

May 21, 2011 11:51am
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The New York Liberty open up the 2011 season with a new coach and a new home.  Head coach and general manager John Whisenant brings to New York (er…New Jersey) a winning pedigree, drawing upon his experiences as a WNBA champion in 2005 and league runner-up in 2006 with the Sacramento Monarchs. The biggest issue surrounding the Liberty outside of the height issue is the issue of point guard play. Though 2010 WNBA Most Improved Player Leilani Mitchell returns this year, there are concerns about her lack of size (Whisenant is used to coaching taller guards in his system), which leads to questions about her ability to defend in the White Line system and ability to create offense for shooters like Cappie Pondexter and Nicole Powell (both likely starters). MVP candidate Cappie Pondexter, who can play point guard and actually led the team in assists last season with nearly five a game, is a viable option at the point for the Liberty assuming that fourth-year pro Essence Carson, a 6-0 guard, starts at SG. The Liberty have also brought in second year guard Whitney Boddie and 2nd round draft pick Sydney Colson to get more looks at possible PGs. For now, though, it appears that the position is Mitchell’s to lose. Unlike in years past, there are plenty of other options available.

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