Lib­erty’s ef­fort irks Laim­beer

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL -

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.

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