On Sunday, the New York Liberty (16-5) defeated the Indiana Fever (6-16), 101-83, in the third game of their 2023 four-game season series. New York remained undefeated against Indiana this season, improving to 3-0 in their 2023 regular-season series.
New York’s 44-point first quarter not only eclipsed the franchise record for single-quarter scoring by six points, but is also the single highest-scoring quarter in WNBA history since the league moved from halves to quarters in 2006.
At Barclays Center, the Liberty finished on 54.4% (37-68) shooting from the field, 50% (17-34) from three, and 71% (10-14) at the free throw line. The Liberty’s 101 points marked their fourth 100-point game of 2023, setting a franchise record for the most triple-digit finishes in a single season. New York’s 17 made three-pointers tied a season-high and was one shy of the WNBA record. Their 68-point first half also set a season-high for scoring in any half.
Up Next: The New York Liberty will continue its four-game homestand, hosting the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. ET.
Q1: New York opened the contest on a 9-2 run through the 8:31 mark of the first quarter. The Liberty followed with a 36-8 run from the 7:19 mark of the first to the 9:35 mark of the second quarter.
Q2: New York went on an 11-3 run from the 7:55 mark of the second to the 4:44 mark of the half. Indiana answered with a 15-5 run from the 4:31 mark of the second to the 1:27 mark of the half.
Q3: New York went on a 14-4 run from the 9:28 mark of the third to the 5:43 mark of the quarter. Indiana went on an 8-0 run from the 4:44 mark of the third to the 3:26 mark of the quarter.
Q4: Indiana went on an 11-3 run from the 6:49 mark of the fourth to the 1:41 mark of the final quarter.
New York finished with six double-digit scorers in today’s game (Laney, Jones, Ionescu, Johannès, Stewart, Ionescu, Thornton), marking the second time this season that New York has finished with six players each scoring 10-plus points.
Betnijah Laney finished with a season-high 22 points on 69.2% (9-13) from the floor, including 60% (3-5) from three, and four rebounds, marking her first 20-point game of the season.
Highlighted by a 10-point first quarter, Jonquel Jones finished with 18 points on 54.5% (6-11) shooting from the field, including 57.1% (4-7) from deep, 11 rebounds, and two assists, marking her second consecutive double-double and fourth overall of the season.
Including this afternoon, Jones is averaging 11.5 first-quarter points per game while shooting 80% (8-10) from the field and 100% (4-4) from three over the last two contests.
Sabrina Ionescu totaled 12 points, six assists, and four rebounds.
Marine Johannès finished with 12 points off the bench on 57.1% (4-7) shooting from the field, including 57.1% (4-7) from three, four assists, and two rebounds.
Breanna Stewart netted 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
Kayla Thornton added 10 points off the bench on 66.7% (4-6) shooting from the floor, including 50% (2-4) from deep, and two rebounds.
For Indiana, Victoria Vivians finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and four steals, while Erica Wheeler added 15 points and two assists.
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