WNBA: Lynx spoil Liberty’s first game at new arena
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Maya Moore scored 20 points, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 19.5 seconds left, and the Minnesota Lynx beat New York 78-72 on Friday night to spoil the Liberty’s first game in their new home – the Westchester County Center.
The Lynx star sat out most of the fourth quarter as her team rallied from a six-point deficit. She left with 5 minutes left in the period before re-entering with 56 remaining.
Sylvia Fowles hit two free throws to give the Lynx a 71-70 advantage. Tina Charles answered with a basket to put the Liberty up 72-71 with 23.5 seconds left. After a timeout, Moore caught the ball at halfcourt, dribbled to the top of the key and hit a 3-pointer.
Kia Nurse tried to respond for New York (0-2), but she missed a jumper and the Lynx (2-1) hit four free throws in the final 13 seconds to seal it. Seimone Augustus led the Lynx with 21 points.
Charles finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for New York, which will play all but two games at the arena, which houses the Knicks’ G-League team. The County Center is configured to seat 2,319 fans for Liberty games with the option to expand it to about 4,500. The Liberty drew an average of just over 9,000 last year when they played at Madison Square Garden. Friday’s opener was a sellout.
STORM 95, SKY 91, OT
SEATTLE (AP) – Jewell Loyd scored 29 points and made four 3-pointers, Breanna Stewart added 28 points and Seattle overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Chicago in overtime.
Natasha Howard added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Seattle (2-1).
Allie Quigley led Chicago (2-2) with 23 points, and DeShields added 19.