The New York Liberty put at least a temporary stop to their first-half woes to notch another win on their homestand.
They’ll try to start fast again Tuesday night when they look to knock off the Tulsa Shock at home for a seventh straight time.
The Liberty (5-11) own the league’s worst record, though they’re 4-4 at home and have won two of their first three on a five-game homestand. New York claimed a three-point edge at halftime Sunday against Connecticut, marking just the fourth time the club has led at the break this season.
Cappie Pondexter and Tina Charles each had team highs of 14 points in a 67-65 win, seeing the Liberty improve to 3-1 in those contests.
"Coming out of today’s game after watching video we saw what we could do better," Pondexter said. "We came out with a better attitude."
Pondexter, who is averaging a personal-worst 14.6 points per game, had been held scoreless for the first time in her career in Friday’s 73-69 loss to Chicago.
"I knew I had to step up for my team and myself," she said. "Kind of get going early and not wait and get myself in a rut. I’m happy with my performance, but I know I can do better."
Pondexter struggled in a 72-57 loss at Tulsa on June 10, scoring seven on 2-of-14 shooting. Charles scored 25, while Skylar Diggins tallied 21 points and seven assists for Tulsa.
Diggins had averaged 31.3 points on 49.2 percent shooting over a three-game span before going 2 for 17 in Sunday’s 80-77 home loss to Phoenix. However, she was 12 of 13 from the free throw line and finished with 16 points.
Diggins missed a contested shot on the final possession, marking the second straight loss for the Shock (6-9) after they had won six of eight. They lost in overtime to Los Angeles a day earlier.
Though Tulsa ranks second in the league with 82.7 points per game, they also allow the most at 83.3.
"We played hard," coach Fred Williams said of Sunday’s defeat, which saw Brittney Griner block a WNBA-record 11 shots. "We’re working hard. Every possession we had in the second half came down to a stoppage. Phoenix shot well, made some things with Griner in the post-up game and made it awfully difficult for us to get to the rim."
New York hasn’t lost at home to the Tulsa franchise since a 61-59 setback to the then-Detroit Shock on Sept. 14, 2008.