Sky’s late foul hands Lib­erty their 2nd win

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Layshia Claren­don was fouled on a drive in the lane with 0.3 sec­onds left and made both free throws as the Lib­erty beat the Sky 101-99 on Tues­day for their sec­ond win of the sea­son in the WNBA bub­ble in Braden­ton, Florida.

The Lib­erty (2-12) had lost seven con­sec­u­tive games, with their last vic­tory com­ing Aug. 7 against the de­fend­ing cham­pion Mys­tics. They trailed the Sky 40-25 in the sec­ond quar­ter, but in the fi­nal 3:54 of the pe­riod, the Lib­erty outscored the Sky 16-3.

Amanda Zahui B led the Lib­erty with 22 points and 12 re­bounds. Claren­don fin­ished with 17 points and five as­sists, and Kiah Stokes and Jo­ce­lyn Wil­loughby each scored 14 points for the Lib­erty, who shot 14-for-30 from three-point range.

“They just wanted it more,” Sky coach James Wade said. “There’s noth­ing I can say. We gave them con­fi­dence, and they were able to make shots and we weren’t in place. And now you have a team that’s down and you have an­other team that’s happy in their locker room. But this is what you get when you don’t do what you’re sup­posed to do.”

Al­lie Quigley scored 29 points on 9-for-22 shoot­ing for the Sky (10-5), which had a fourgame win­ning streak snapped. Kahleah Cop­per and Court­ney Van­der­sloot each scored 15 points, and Van­der­sloot had nine as­sists.

“We made too many mis­takes [in the sec­ond half], and they were just too com­fort­able,” Quigley said. “They had too many wide-open threes in the first half. I think they just used that con­fi­dence and brought it into the sec­ond half. We didn’t ap­ply enough pres­sure on de­fense.”

Quigley tied her ca­reer high in points with a three-pointer to pull the Sky within 97-94 with 1:36 re­main­ing. Ste­fanie Dol­son tied it at 99 with 20 sec­onds left on an­other three­p­ointer. The Sky fin­ished 10-for-25 from that dis­tance.

The Lib­erty’s 101 points marked a sea­son high. Their pre­vi­ous high was 85 on Aug. 20, also against the Sky.

AP

Sky guard Court­ney Van­der­sloot looks to shoot Tues­day against the Lib­erty. She fin­ished with 15 points.

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