NEWARK, NJ – It is almost reminiscent of the movie "Groundhog Day." Once again, the New York Liberty came out and competed for a half, only to come apart after intermission. A seven-point halftime deficit soon ballooned to nineteen. The result: A 70-57 loss to the Atlanta Dream on Friday night at the Prudential Center.
These second half struggles are reoccurring, and to date, without answer. From anyone. It is simply one of those cases of whether the coaching staff and/or players knew what was wrong it could be fixed. Suffice to say, head coach Bill Laimbeer and his group are still searching.
The Liberty stand at 11-20 with three games remaining. Give them credit. Coaches and players all believe as long as there is the slightest chance, and there is, they will keep working to secure a postseason berth. Even Cappie Pondexter, limited to 17 minutes due to a collision in the paint, stayed positive, promising a quick return to action and saying she didn't want Tuesday’s game with Phoenix to be their last home game.
In a season and summer of frustration, the Liberty still cling to a faint hope. Give them a lot of credit for that.
The Dream's best player, Angel McCoughtry; a former Big East standout at Louisville, shows the stance defending the Liberty's Alex Montgomery:
The stand of note is closed. No problem, we cannot be writing/photographing and "partaking" on the job:
The Liberty trainer tends to Cappie Pondexter, who went down trying to split two defenders in the lane:
Ads adorn the Rock hallways. The "Renaissance Man" and the Mrs. will be here for this one:
On the way to the postgame presser, a reminder that it is not too long until these are out of storage:
Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer meets the media: