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WNBA Friday: Links to get you ready for tonight’s game

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.”

Part 2: Thoughts and stats through the first two weeks of the WNBA season

June 23, 2011 11:59am
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PART 2 of 2

Part 2 of our quick takes and looks at some of the underlying stats for each team in the league.

 

New York: Between learning a new scheme under new head coach John Whisenant, and having Pondexter handle more of the point guard duties, the Liberty have gotten off to a slow start.  Don’t be surprised to see this white-line defense turn a corner, as Whiz’s Monarch teams were consistently among the league’s best defensively.

Did you know: New York has yet to keep an opponent under 100 efficiency for a single game. The Sparks scored over 1.18 points/possession in their latest outing.

 

Phoenix: With a healthy and rested Diana Taurasi, the Mercury looked to be a team that would run out of the gate to start the season. Combined with a difficult schedule and poor defending the Mercury lost their first 3 games, but have since gained some momentum with two straight wins.

Did you know: Not that it is anything new with the Mercury, but they they are the only team to score and allow more than 1.06 points/possession. With coach Gaines, a Westhead disciple, don’t except to see Phoenix stop flying up and down the court anytime soon.

 

San Antonio: With coach Hughes back on the sideline, and the emergence of rookie Danielle Adams, the Silver Stars are one of the early season surprises. They were the league’s only undefeated team before Tuesday, as they fell in their rematch with Phoenix, playing without star Sophia Young.

Did you know: The Silver Stars lead the league in offensive efficiency and are the only team to top 100 offensive efficiency in every game this season.

 

Seattle: With essentially the same team back from their 2010 championship season and the addition of Katie Smith, the Storm were expected to start right where they left off. Instead, the defending champs have started slow in part to Lauren Jackson, who is not 100% healthy. Despite injuries, they still stand at 3-2 and welcome Minnesota to the Key Arena for a 2nd time this season.

Did you know: Seattle has recorded the single worst offensive output in a game this season, where they scored only 50 points in approximatively 75 possessions in a loss to Los Angeles on June 19th.

 

Tulsa: After suffering two blowout losses at the hands of the Silver Stars, the Shock have since been more competitive although have only one win to show for it. 2nd overall pick, Liz Cambage has given Tulsa an inside presence, but they have suffered from lack of depth at the guard position after losing Amber Holt for an extended period of time.

Did you know: After Thursday’s game at home against New York, the Shock will have been the first team to play 8 games, with the latest three games played at home.

 

Washington: No team might have experienced more turnover during the offseason than the Mystics. They lost Smith, Harding, and then Currie to injury (and Beard has yet to play this season). They brought in Anosike and a new coach in Lacey Trudi. One constant from last season has been the continued great play of Langehorne. One constant from this season has been atrocious defense.

Did you know: The Mystics have the lowest scoring bench in the league at 12 pts per game. That is more than 9 pts below the league average.


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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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.

New York @ Atlanta, 3pm EST

June 5, 2011 8:20am
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An Eastern Conference Finals rematch will take place this afternoon, as the Atlanta Dream begin defense of their EC crown against the new-look New York Liberty. Both teams made personnel moves this past offseason, but it’s Atlanta’s acquisition that has everyone talking possible championship. Lindsey Harding, one of the WNBA’s better point guards, serves as a major upgrade at the point guard position over previous opening day Dream PGs in that she is able to flatten out the defense in transition and either score or pass, can score in a half court setting, and defends her position well.

By contrast, New York lost both Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Minnesota) and Janel McCarville (taking summer off) from last year’s team and did not replace either with proven talent. Head coach John Whisenant will have to rely on a young bench made up mostly of cast-offs and 2011 WNBA Draft afterthoughts.

Tip-off for today’s game is at 3pm EST.

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

Eastern Conference preseason update

May 28, 2011 7:18am
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Last night, two Eastern Conference teams were involved in preseason action (Connecticut v. San Antonio from Wilkes-Barre, PA and New York Liberty v. Chinese National Team from Albany, NY), with both coming away with wins. The Sun defeated the Silver Stars this time while the Liberty downed China, 79-65. Both teams have completed preseason play, and Connecticut has only one cut to make to get its roster down to the 11-player limit (New York has 16 with the recent acquisition of Quanitra Hollingsworth).

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.

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