I'll call it, "the shot" and it came from Jazmine Jones last night during the New York Liberty's game against Connecticut. With time running out in the third quarter and the Liberty on the short end of a 52-45 score, the Liberty got the ball in play to Jones, who streaked down the sidelines in front of the benches and released a shot from half-court as time expired.
One to remember, no doubt, in a season that's been a learning experience for the youth on Walt Hopkins' New York Liberty squad. The Liberty, unfortunately, couldn't close the gap in the fourth quarter and fell to Connecticut 70-65.
Jazmine was sporting a clear, plastic face/nose guard during the contest, I didn't get to hear just why but noticed she had taken a shot to the nose in the previous game against the Aces.
For New York (2-15), Jones had 15 pts. in 18 minutes and Kylee Shook (who they've started calling "Shook the Rook") had a nice outing off the bench with nine points, including a "three" and four boards in 14 minutes Connecticut (9-9) was led by DeWanna Bonner's double-double of 27 pts. and 12 rebounds.
Post game, Walt Hopkins and Kia Nurse had some nice things to say about "Shook the Rook's" development and progression. Link below:
Despite a slow start where the New York squad trailed 18-8 after one quarter, the Liberty rallied in the second quarter to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room at the "wubble" at halftime.
PHOENIX 92 - LAS VEGAS 85
She's arguably one of the greatest guards in the history of the WNBA and Diana Taurasi reminded us of that last night...erupting for 32 points in 32 minutes against the Aces last night.
Cardinal great Angel McCoughtry saw 19 minutes in the loss for Vegas and had eight points and five rebounds
Both teams have cinched playoff spots, and I can understand resting Angel a bit for the playoff format ahead. A rough second quarter for the Aces, where they were outscored 25-19 ultimately spelled the difference in this one, the teams played the second half to a 40-40 tie.
Las Vegas (12-5) got 20 pts. from Jackie Young. Phoenix (11-7) also got 20 points from Skylar Diggins-Smith.
In other WNBA action, Atlanta downed Indiana 102-90. Both squads are still holding on hopes of sneaking into the eight-team playoff format and they have identical 5-13 records now.
The top eight, after last night, are Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Chicago, Phoenix, Connecticut and Dallas. Just one loss behind Dallas, for that eighth spot, are Atlanta and Indiana.
Have a wonderful Wednesday of Derby Week here in Louisville. It seems so strange to say that in September...