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Essence Inspirational In Liberty Loss to Mercury

by Luis Vazquez | Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014


The final score on the Madison Square Garden scoreboard read PHOENIX 76 NEW YORK 64. It was very anticlimatic. on a day where the city mourned the death of comedian Robin Williams, one was reminded of the old axiom, laughing hides the pain. After a second straight home loss, the Liberty (13-18) barely had the desire to laugh at a game they dropped to a team, Phoenix (27-4), with the best record in the league.

Five players scored in double digits for the Mercury. Led by the brilliant instinctive play of forward Candice Dupree who scored 18 and grabbed 10 rebounds. “They are a very good basketball team.” Head Coach Bill Laimbeer reminded. “You can play the best defense, they’re still going to make their shots.”

The opening quarter was a duel between the best team in the WNBA and the one player, Charles, who played like an entire team. The Mercury led 25-20 after one thanks to Tina Charles who scored 16 of New York’s points. She would finish with 26 and 12 rebounds.

She got little support which was represented by Cappie Pondexter who hit for 12. It seemed with the opening change in the lineup with Swin Cash over Alex Montgomery,  New York would have experience at least, but that did not translate. “I played the two horses as long as I could and they were into it.” Laimbeer explained. “You have to search, to see who gets hot and we could not find it tonight.”

The only real positive aspect the Liberty can take out of this game, and no, effort is to expected, not praised as a single virtue, is the reemergence of Essence Carson. She scored six points, and with heady play, Carson unshackled the chains that held her in all year and a strong and quick baseline drive for a score cemented in everyone’s minds that Essence may yet be a factor in the final three games of this season, two on the road. “All of us are extremely proud of Essence tonight.” Laimbeer pronounced.  “She was not tentative or hesitant, she attacked.  She overcame any fear factor from the past.”

Listening to Laimbeer at the post game conference it can be implied that one eye is on a playoff hunt and the other, a dress rehearsal for next year’s spots. A state of schizophrenia that cannot inspire confidence that New York will be playing playoff ball. “What we are experiencing is what we have all year long.” Laimbeer pointed out. “We dont have the kind of players can get shoot good percentages when getting good looks.”

But the numbers say its possible. But its looks like either three straight wins should get them in. Two wins over Indiana would assure it. As they go on the road, a season’s endgame is playing out. And youth will either serve and support New York to the post season or spend an off season having their futures assessed in 2015.

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