LIBERTY AMBUSHED IN MINNESOTA, CAPPIE DOES NOT PLAY
Added by Luis Vazquez on August 20, 2013.
The words of Cappie Pondexter concerning her foot injury were brave and spoken like a champion. Bill Laimbeer noted that four days off before the next road game in Chicago this Friday would be an optimum time to get Cappie some much needed rest. As the Liberty took the floor, they were without their leader for the first time this season. “We have to get a win,” Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said. “Cappie will hopefully be back this Friday, which will help us a lot.”
It was an experience that New York does not want to feel again. In their first game against the West leading Lynx (18-6) this year, the Liberty was blown off the court to the tune of 88-57. Maya Moore led all scorers with 28 points and 5 boards as they dropped the Liberty to a record of 10-15, one game behind defending champion Indiana for the fourth and final playoff spot in the east. “She knew she needed to come up for us big time,” Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. “She wants to play great every game and she strives for greatness, which is what makes her so good.”
Katie Smith defending Maya Moore (Photo credit: Stacy Bengs)
The Liberty leading point getters were Katie Smith and Alex Montgomery with 11 each, but DeLisha Milton-Jones did some good things with 6 points and 8 rebounds, along with 5 assists. Laimbeer filed away the fact that the Lynx kept their star in throughout. “Overall,we competed to a point,” Laimbeer said. “I was a little disappointed they left Maya Moore in the game to try to get player of the week again when the game was out of control.” The Liberty are still in strike range with nine games remaining. However, with three losses in four games, the Liberty should benefit from a week off and the return of their best player.
Cappie Pondexter (Photo Credit: Getty Images)