On Sunday, the New York Liberty (7-3) defeated the Phoenix Mercury (2-8), 89-71, in the first game of their 2023 three-game season series.
At Barclays Center, the Liberty finished on 48.4% (30-62) shooting from the field, 34.6% (9-26) from three, and 83.3% (20-24) at the free throw line.
New York Liberty recorded 25 assists on 30 made baskets, including 18 on 20 made baskets in the first half.
The Liberty defense recorded six steals and forced 16 Mercury turnovers, including four shot clock violations by the Mercury.
Today, New York also recorded a season-high 12 offensive rebounds.
Up Next: The New York Liberty will hit the road to take on the Atlanta Dream on Friday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Q1: New York went on a 13-5 run from the 5:37 mark of the first to the 2:32 mark of the quarter.
Q2: New York went on a 14-3 run from the 4:53 mark of the second to the 0:31 mark of the opening half.
Q3: There were no significant runs in this quarter.
Q4: Phoenix went on an 11-0 run from the 8:29 mark of the fourth to the 6:01 mark of the quarter. New York responded with a 14-5 run from the 4:00 mark of the fourth to the end of the game.
New York finished with three double-digit scorers in today’s game (Stewart, Jones, Johannès).
Breanna Stewart finished with a game-high 28 points on 53.8% (7-13) shooting from the floor, including 50% (3-6) from three, a season-high 14 rebounds, and a season-high seven assists. Today’s performance marked her seventh double-double of the season, tying the Liberty record for the most double-doubles through the team’s first 10 games. Per ESPN Stats & Info, she also became the first player in WNBA history to record at least 200 points, 100 rebounds, and 40 assists through their team’s first 10 games.
Jonquel Jones added 13 points on 50% (5-10) shooting from the floor, a season-high 11 rebounds, and three assists –– her first double-double of the season.
Marine Johannès totaled 10 points on 50% (4-8) from the field, including 40% (2-5) from three, three assists, and two rebounds.
For Phoenix, Sophie Cunningham finished with a team-high 27 points on 60% (9-15) shooting from the field, including 50% (5-10) from three, and two rebounds.