New York Falls Short to Connecticut in Preseason Finale, 98-79
ALBANY, NY - The New York Liberty ended its 2019 preseason falling short to Connecticut, 98-79.
Liberty Guard, Kia Nurse led all scoring with 25 points. Nurse ends this preseason second in overall scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game. Making her impact on the game, rookie Asia Durr added 14 points off the bench.
New York will open the regular season this Friday, May 24 when the team hosts the Indiana Fever at the Westchester County Center. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com/nyliberty or call (914) 908-5980.
New York's preseason record is 1-3. This is the team's second loss to Connecticut this preseason.
Kia Nurse moves to second in preseason scoring with a 25-point game performance. She's averaged 17.3 in the team's four preseason games.
This year's 2nd overall draft pick, Asia Durr scored double figures for the first time this preseason with 14 points off the bench for New York.
Tina Charles added 9 points for the Liberty.
Jonquel Jones scored a team high 21 points, shooting 100% (5-5) )from the three.
This is the team's second win against the Liberty this preseason.
Coach Katie Smith:
On improvements since the Connecticut tournament:
"We made some adjustments, switching some stuff that we didn't do the first time around. Offensively, we're still seeing some good stuff with Nurse and Tina and just running our sets a little bit better."
On Asia Durr stepping up:
"I think she's done well from game one with the game in Connecticut. I thought that she stepped up against Atlanta and tonight she even did more. She's got it in her. She's a very capable scorer and a facilitator in a lot of ways. Happy with her progression and excited to see where she'll go."
On what's been working for her in the pre-season:
"It's just a matter of having a lot of reps in the off-season. Obviously, coming back here finding ways to make sure my routine has a lot of reps before practice, during practice, and after practice. Knowing that if I do those, when I get in the game it's something I can feel"
On what was working from a shooting perspective today:
"Just being aggressive, running the right play, making reads, playing off of my teammates."
On improvements today:
"We just played harder today. We were more aggressive, and I played better overall. I know we had some breakdowns, but we came out and played super hard."
Head Coach Curt Miller
"All learning lessons here in exhibition. I thought we did some really good things and we had a lot of missed assignments that we need to clean up as we come out of training camp. The big story now is how much more can we improve on in three days...three practices left until the regular season."
"I thought the first half didn't go the way we wanted it to...In the second half we did a great job, especially the starters with just getting into our flow."
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