Thursday, June 13, 2019
"NITE-NITE" HAS A BIG NIGHT IN LIBERTY WIN OVER MINNESOTA -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
DURR GOES FOR 20 IN NEW YORK'S WIN OVER MINNESOTA
A freshman season in any type of league... in any sport can be filled with ups and downs. Learning the styles and talents of new teammates. Understanding exactly what the coach wants and when. A new city, environment, arena and fan base.
Asia Durr had her best night (so far) in the WNBA with 20 points in the New York Liberty's 75-69 win over the Minnesota Lynx Wednesday night. Playing 34 minutes and hitting 10 of 16 of her shots. Adding two steals, rebounds and assists as well in the Liberty's second straight win on the season.
Asia and her teammates put a 14-2 run on the Lynx to end the first quarter and start the second quarter...taking a 9-8 lead and pushing it to 23-10 after a Durr jumper with 8:25 until halftime. Durr would shine in that first half with 14 points, which was two better than her previous career high. She and Kia Nurse (26 pts. for the game) were clicking for the Liberty and the Lynx trailed by 10 going into the final quarter.
The contest wasn't over, though....and the Lynx weren't ready to head back to their locker room with an "L" just yet.
Minnesota rallied to cut the New York lead to three in the first three minutes of the final quarter. The Liberty pushed their advantage back out to nine but the Lynx roared back to cut it to four with less than 30 seconds to go.
Then, came the highlight play.
Asia made a spectacular move with the ball, splitting two defenders and driving to the hoop to score with 20 seconds on the clock to secure the win.
"I was just trying to make a play. the shot clock was going down. I didn't want to turn the ball over. Just make a move and try to score." Durr revealed after the contest.
A bit of advice from Liberty head coach Katie Smith to Durr before the contest was key. Shoot the ball more was the message and that encouragement is like advising a eight-year-old to have another few scoops of ice cream at a picnic. Sure, no problem.
There will be more highs and lows for #25 and her teammates this season. The New York fans got to see what Louisville fans had been raving about for four years last night, though. It is a shame only 1100 were in attendance for the win. I wonder how many would fill the KFC YUM! Center on a Wednesday summer night to see Asia in the WNBA? Your thoughts are welcome in the comments secction.
Here's the highlights:
ASIA DOING ASIA STUFF
The combination of Nurse and Durr at guard with Tina Charles in the paint has great potential...going forward...and WNBA squads will have to plan accordingly.
Durr's stats for the five games she has played in this season are 29.4 minutes a night and 12 points per contest.
Compare that to the #1 2019 WNBA pick Jackie Young...who has seen an average of 21.2 minutes and 6.6 points per game for Las Vegas.
Speaking of ex- Notre Damer Young...the Liberty head to Las Vegas for a contest against her Aces next. They'll match up Friday night at 10:30 PM ET. The Liberty are 2-4 so far this season, Las Vegas 2-3.
The Connecticut Sun are atop the WNBA with a 6-1 mark.
Have a tremendous Thursday!