The New York Liberty (17-12) head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight to take on the Indiana Fever (9-21), after securing a berth to the playoffs on Sunday.
The Liberty won 70-61 Sunday, over the top ranked Minnesota Lynx. After a stellar week that saw New York win five games straight, including victories over the top three teams in the league, the Liberty are now fighting for that No. 4 seed in the playoffs against the Washington Mystics (17-12). The top four teams earn a first-round bye in the postseason. Battling for optimum position in postseason play, the Liberty look to finish the regular season strong behind the dominate game of Tina Charles. Charles was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time this season, and a record 26 times since joining the league back in 2010.
Indiana is headed in the wrong direction, unfortunately after dropping four games in a row–eliminating them from playoff contention; Not to mention the Fever lost yet another guard to injury. In the team’s record breaking loss on Friday against the Minnesota Lynx, the Fever were outscored 37-0 in the first half. They went on to be routed 111-52, making the 59-point margin the worst in WNBA history. This season will be the first time the franchise will not make the playoffs, after setting a league record of 12 straight postseason appearances. Indiana lost Briann January on Monday to a torn meniscus and is the third guard, joining Shenise Johnson and Tiffany Mitchell, to go out with season ending injuries. The Fever acquired rookie guard Jennie Simms from the Mystics to replace January for the remainder of the season.
Tonight, Indiana fights for pride and to avoid being swept in this season series by the Liberty. Tune in on WNBA League Pass at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The Seattle Storm (14-16) visit McCamish Pavilion in the third and final regular season match up against the Atlanta Dream (10-20) tonight, on WNBA League Pass.
With this season series tied 1-1 and postseason play on the line, both squads will be fighting for a victory. The Dream much more so, having dropped nine games straight. Atlanta’s last victory (July 25) came against the Phoenix Mercury in a 99-91 overtime battle. With only four games left to play, the Dream are four games out from the eighth and final playoff spot. The Dream will need to bring all they’ve got if they want to stay in the race.
The visiting Storm are making a late playoff run after winning four games in a row to push them to seventh place in league standings. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. Seattle’s timely success comes after a late coaching change that saw assistant Gary Kloppenburg promoted to interim coach on Aug. 10, after the Storm parted ways with coach Jenny Boucek. In the team’s 103-66 blowout win over Chicago, Seattle recorded a franchise-record 34 assists, as the Storm went over the century mark for the second time this season. Breanna Stewart, who was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season, led all scorers Sunday, with 19 points.
Tune in tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, as the Storm and the Dream fight to keep their playoff ambitions alive, and Seattle veteran Sue Bird goes for the WNBA’s all-time assist leader. Bird needs 12 assists to pass Ticha Penicheiro.
The New York Liberty (13-12) head to McCamish Pavilion to take on the Atlanta Dream (10-16) as the two battle it out in their third and final meeting of the regular season.
After splitting this season series 1-1, both teams are looking to finish out the season strong and secure a playoff berth. The Liberty who are coming off an 81-76 victory over Indiana, are currently in sixth place in the league standings. With just nine games left on their regular season schedule, New York hopes to get a ‘W’ tonight, before facing Los Angeles Sunday. Tina Charles scored 26 points in Tuesday’s victory and Shavonte Zellous added 16.
Atlanta, currently ranked ninth in league standings, is fighting to stay in the race for the eight and final playoff spot. However, the Dream are struggling down the stretch as they have dropped five games straight coming in to tonight’s contest. Three of those losses were at the hands of top ranked Minnesota, who defeated Atlanta 81-72 on Tuesday. Elizabeth Williams scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss, while Tiffany Hayes and Layshia Clarendon each added 13 points.
Catch this game on WNBA League Pass at 7:30 p.m. ET.