The new look NY Liberty defeated the Connecticut Sun in what turned out to be the longest pre-season game in WNBA history. The game played at Madison Square Garden in front of 19,000 plus screaming fans on the franchise’s fifth annual School Day game, took 3 overtimes and almost 3 hours to complete with the Liberty winning by 5, 89-84. Cappie Pondexter, who flirted with a triple double, led the way for the Liberty. Pondexter finished with 14 points, 11 boards, 8 assists and 3 steals. “It was great,” she said after the game. “It was a great atmosphere, my teammates are awesome,” she added. “It was a great experience overall.”
Former UConn standout Kalana Greene played well, scoring 14 points off the NY bench and 9 added boards. Janel McCarville was solid with 13 points and 10 rebounds and new Liberty center Taj McWilliams-Franklin contributed 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
For the Sun, Tina Charles had double-douple with a game high 22 points, to go along with 13 rebounds. Forward DeMya Walker matched her teammate with 13 boards. Overall the offensive output for either wasn’t there as you might expect in pre-season games. NY shot 35 of 91 from the field (39%), Connecticut was even worse, 31 of 100 (31%).