On Wednesday, July 19, the New York Liberty nabbed their second straight victory, entering the WNBA All-Star Break on a high note, led once again by Tina Charles.
In the victory, the Jamaica, Queens native posted 28 points and 17 rebounds, while the Liberty topped her former squad, the Connecticut Sun, who came in with the WNBA’s best record in the Eastern Conference.
This win occurred three days after a 30-point victory over the Washington Mystics, whom the Sun previously shared the Eastern Conference’s best record with.
After the 96-80 triumph, the WNBA Eastern Conference All-Star starter said that she urged her teammates to keep the game in mind, for when the two meet later on in the season, which could presumably also include a subsequent playoff battle.
“This is definitely one to eyeball,” said the former Christ the King turned UConn standout. “I was just trying to tell them that we have to create better habits.”
“We have to show forth what we can do individually so we can start trusting one another more and build that continuity within one another, that chemistry and just depending on one another … It’s really sweet that everybody had an imprint on this win,” she added.
Sugar Rodgers, who recently has been moved to the sixth man role for the squad with the idea centered around better off the bench scoring, contributed with eight points and seven rebounds in only 17 minutes of action. Rodgers also earned her first All-Star berth, along with a trip to the WNBA Three-Point Shootout for All-Star Weekend.
“I’m happy! I’ve watched Sug grow,” Charles said of her teammate. “I remember her rookie year when she was in Minnesota, she didn’t play a second at times.”
“Then she came here, worked on her game and she’s one of the main reasons we were able to get to the Eastern Conference finals in the past or any success that we’ve had,” Charles added.
“It’s a blessing. I’m just taking advantage of the opportunity and just go out there and have fun,” Rodgers herself added.
In Saturday’s Key Arena held All-Star Game in Seattle, Washington, Rodgers, who was also the runner-up in the three-point shootout, netted 10 points, knocking down two three’s in the process. Charles finished with eight points, two rebounds and two assists.
The Liberty return to action on Tuesday, July 25 on ESPN 2 at the league’s best, Minnesota Lynx, and return to their Madison Square Garden home on Tuesday, August 8 against the Indiana Fever.