Sugar Rodgers Propels Liberty
After a slow 1-2 start, the New York Liberty (2-2) surged back to .500 Tuesday night and found themselves tied for second in the Eastern Conference.
Sugar Rodgers, who was averaging just 1.7 points per game prior to Tuesday, helped push the team to their first home victory with 15 points, including a crucial 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
Rodgers also delivered a huge defensive contribution, a positive sign that the Liberty may be becoming the cohesive unit Coach Bill Laimbeer desires them to be. Laimbeer noted that this year’s team is much different than last years, and the attitude is “much better.”
When approached in the locker room, center Tina Charles fielded questions about the game with a redirection to interview Sugar Rodgers, a sign of camaraderie and the team chemistry that is already forming for the Liberty this year. The relationship between Charles and guard Cappie Pondexter is also integral to the success of the team as both are leaders on the court, a necessary end to “The Cappie Show,” as Laimbeer calls it, that ran prior to Charles’ arrival to New York. Laimbeer is confident in Pondexter’s ability to take over the game offensively when necessary and her knowledge of when to “take a back seat” and play defense.
The Liberty had a few days off before suffering losses in back to back road games against the Washington Mystics and Indiana Fever on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31. They look to rebound on Thursday, June 5 back home against the San Antonio Stars.