Liberty Report 6/14: The Team Takes a Step Back
While the Liberty have gone 3-1 over their past 4 games, they certainly don’t seem thrilled about it. That’s because they just lost a crucial home game to Chicago and now face two teams at the start of road trip in Connecticut and Minnesota that are 6-2 and 9-0, respectively. It’s worth noting that the Chicago Sky have only dropped one game, so the Liberty should have been happy to at least keep it to a 9-point game. The frustrating part is that there’s a feeling around the locker room that the team could’ve had it.
The team had to play 5 games in 8 days to start June, and this came after a rapid beginning to the season. It seems like the WNBA hasn’t been on their side to during the first two months of the season. Still, the fast pace of the schedule actually helped the team find a bit of a groove, beating Indiana, Atlanta, and Washington for the team’s first three wins of the season. With a pretty evenly spaced schedule to go until August, the team shouldn’t' be complaining about their energy level, or their “legs” anymore as Coach Whisenant stressed Sunday. If anything goes wrong after the team plays Minnesota, it’s on them.
With a few days of prep time to get ready for these road opponents, you’ve got to think they’ll put up a good fight. The only question now is whether or not their efforts will be good enough to keep them out of last in the Eastern Conference. If the atmosphere was somber after a three-game winning streak was snapped, imagine what it will be like if the team drops to 3-9.
Let’s hope we won’t have to find out.