by Denise J Saul–

Kalana Greene (Jesse D. Garrabrant /NBAE/Getty Images)

With the playoffs in sight, the New York Liberty are finally hitting their stride as evidenced last night in their game against the San Antonio  Silver Stars.  And Coach Donovan may just have found the right combination of players for late game supremacy.  Playing solid team defense, making the extra pass and some timely shooting, the Liberty hung and “L” on the Silver Stars.  New York’s bench production provided the spark and proved to be the difference in the game.

Of note last night was the strong play by rookie Kalana Greene. The first year player out of UConn had a game high 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting.  “I feel if I am in the game and not producing for the time that I am in, then I don’t need to be on the floor.” Greene siad.  “My goal is to be productive every minute I am in the game.  Tonight I did more than I usually do.”

Indeed she did, and her play did not go unnoticed by her coach.  “Most nights K.G. gives us good production but tonight was just outstanding.”  Coach Donovan said. “And we’ve struggled in that position in terms of point production so she stepped in and really helped us.”

Plenette Pierson‘s 16 points on 8 of 10 shooting, and a strong defensive presence by Essence Carson off the bench, gave the Liberty the edge they needed and gave the starters a lift.   “It is awesome to play great team basketball.  Cappie Pondexter noted. “It feels good not having to take all of the shots or force everything. I think these guys did a great job of coming in and bringing so much energy, that it put so much pressure on San Antonio they did not know what to do.” Pondexter continued. ” They expect the starters to play the way they do but not the bench players.  They gave a great effort tonight.”  Strong kudos for the bench coming from the Liberty star.

Liberty Bench Squad-Pierson, Greene & Carson ( Jesse D. Garrabrant /NBAE/Getty Images)

“I think Plenette [Pierson], Kalana [Greene], Essence [Carson] all came in and gave us a big lift. Head coach Ann Donovan noted. “More than half of our points came from those three, and eleven boards to go with it. When your number is called you’ve got to be ready to go and three of them were called and they, all three stepped up”

Next up for the Liberty the always dangerous LA Sparks, who come to NY with a two-game road winning streak. And with eleven games left in the regular season, which includes seven games against eastern conference teams, the Liberty must keep their stride.

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Denise J. Saul is the Founder/President of WSEN-Women's Sports & Entertainment Network.

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