Liberty’s effort irks Laimbeer
Bill Laimbeer thinks the New York Liberty could be a WNBA title contender. After a lackluster effort in the season opener, he let his team know it was unacceptable.
Tina Charles scored 12 points and Epiphanny Prince had 11 to help the host Liberty beat the San Antonio Stars, 73-64, in the season opener for both teams.
“I hope this is the worst game we play all year. It was awful,” the veteran coach said.
San Antonio was missing top draft pick Kelsey Plum, who sprained her right ankle last week, and Moriah Jefferson, who was out with right knee soreness.
SPARKS 78, STORM 68: Nneka Ogwumike scored 23 points, and newcomer Odyssey Sims added 20 as host Los Angeles opened defense of its WNBA title with a victory over Seattle.
Both teams were missing key players. Candace Parker, Essence Carson and Jantel Lavender are competing in the Turkish league playoffs and were absent as the Sparks raised their third championship banner. The Storm’s Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart are recovering from knee issues.
DREAM 81, SUN 74: Tiffany Hayes hit 11 of 12 free throws and finished with 19 points, including a late three-pointer, and visiting Atlanta held off Connecticut.