Posts Tagged ‘ John Whisenant ’

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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Fever defeat Liberty on the road, 86-80

June 12, 2011 12:00pm
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Fueled by a sprited fourth-quarter comeback, the Indiana Fever came away from the weekend home-and-home series with the New York Liberty with a split. Rookie G Jeanette Pohlen hit what proved to be the game clincher with a three-pointer from the corner. The Fever survived a number of negative factors, namely 11 combined turnovers from PGs Briann January (seven) and Erin Phillips (four) and poor play overall from starting center Tammy Sutton-Brown, to defeat the surprisingly offensive-minded Liberty.

As for New York, this is the third straight game where they gave up 80+ points. If this team is to continue to be better than the sum of its parts, a better weak side defensive effort will need to be implemented. There were a number of times where the White Line Defense was exposed, and most of those instances involved kick-outs to the corners for wide-open three-point shots. It will be interesting to see the adjustments head coach John Whisenant will have to make to avoid teams heating up from three against his team.

What can the Indiana/New York weekend home-and-home tell us?

June 11, 2011 12:53pm
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Prior to the start of the 2011 WNBA season, Indiana was considered a strong challenger for the Eastern Conference Finals crown while New York was considered a first-round playoff team. After two games, New York sits atop the Eastern Conference while Indiana checks in at 0.500. A win for New York would solidify their position as the first place team in the East while a win for Indiana would tie them with New York for first place in the East. But what else could this mini-series tell us about each team?

For New York, a win tonight would give them three wins over the favorites to play in the Eastern Conference finals (Atlanta and Indiana twice). Furthermore, it would strongly support the line-up changes made by John Whisenant prior to the season (putting Cappie Pondexter at the PG position and moving Essence Carson into the starting lihe-up).

For Indiana, a win against New York would give them an important season series split and an opportunity to immediately redeem themselves. Because the previous game’s end result was close (81-80) despite New York holding double-digit leads during the second half of the game, tonight’s game would give the Fever a better sense of where they are at this point in the season (for rotation purposes).

Tonight’s game is at 7pm EST at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

J-Mac to sit out the 2011 season

May 29, 2011 2:28pm
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Veteran post player Janel McCarville will not play in the WNBA this season, according to Liberty head coach John Whisenant. McCarville started all 34 regular season games in 2010, averaging 8.8ppg and 5.9rpg. She was said to be experiencing back pain while playing overseas and will use the summer to recover.

Source: McCarville to sit out 2011 WNBA season

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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