DeWanna Bonner had 23 points, Mercury beat Liberty 96-85
PHOENIX (AP) — DeWanna Bonner had 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury beat New York 96-85 on Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams, sending the Liberty to their 13th straight loss.
Stephanie Talbot added 18 points, and Diana Taurasi had 16. The fifth-seeded Mercury (20-14) will host the eighth-seeded Dallas Wings on Tuesday night in the first round of the WNBA playoffs.
Stewart has double-double, Storm secure top seed in playoffs
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty 85-77 on Friday night to secure the top seed in the WNBA playoffs.
Seattle (25-8) has won 15 of its last 18 games and has home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kia Nurse scored a career-high 34 points and Tina Charles added 23 and grabbed 10 rebounds and New York held off a late Indiana rally with an 87-81 overtime win Saturday night.
Charles gave the Liberty the lead for good at 81-79 with 34.5 seconds left.
Tina Charles, Kiah Stokes help Liberty top Sky 86-82
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Tina Charles had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Kiah Stokes added 10 points and 16 rebounds and the New York Liberty beat the Chicago Sky 86-82 on Sunday night.
Sugar Rodgers hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, Epiphanny Price scored 12 points, and Shavonte Zellous had 10 for New York (12-10). The Liberty, who have won four of five, shot a season-high 53.3 percent (8 of 15) from 3-point range.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tina Charles scored 25 points, Sugar Rodgers made two free throws with 11.2 seconds left and the New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 85-84 on Friday night.
Charles drew a double team in the paint and found Bria Hartley for an open 3-pointer with 1:19 left to give New York an 83-82 lead. After empty possessions at both ends, Indiana's Erica Wheeler had a layup blocked out of bounds by Kiah Stokes and Candice Dupree missed a baseline jumper.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer wasn't exactly sure how his team would play with Epiphanny Prince and Kia Vaughn out of the lineup.
The Liberty have used a collective effort to go 4-0 while the two players are at the EuroBasket tournament. New York has gotten contributions from Kiah Stokes, Shavonte Zellous, Sugar Rodgers, Bria Hartley and recently signed Lindsay Allen to complement Tina Charles' play.
NEW YORK (AP) — With the game on the line, the New York Liberty weren't about to let another one slip away to Seattle.
Tina Charles had 21 points and 14 rebounds and New York used a 12-1 late run to beat the Seattle Storm 94-86 on Sunday.
"We had total confidence down the stretch," Charles said. "Sugar (Rodgers) and Shavonte (Zellous) came up with big plays for us."
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles had 21 points and 14 rebounds and New York used a 12-1 late run to beat the Seattle Storm 94-86 on Sunday.
Trailing 83-80 with 3:05 left, Bria Hartley tapped the ball to Shavonte Zellous to hit a 3-pointer that tied it and started the game-ending burst. On the next play she stripped the ball from Jewell Loyd and then converted the layup on the other that made gave New York the lead.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles and Kiah Stokes have been dominating the boards lately, and that has translated into wins for the New York Liberty.
Charles had 18 points and 15 rebounds while Stokes added a career-best 17 boards to help the Liberty beat the Dream 76-61 on Wednesday in the annual school day matinee game. It's the second time in three games that the Liberty held a double-digit advantage in rebounding.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kiah Stokes is starting to play like she did her rookie season, giving short-handed New York a big boost.
Stokes had a career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds to help the Liberty beat the Phoenix Mercury 88-72 on Sunday.
"I think she's in a good place and I think she's shown great progress," New York coach Bill Laimbeer said. "Works very hard right now and the results are showing."
NEW YORK (AP) — With New York down a few players for the next few weeks, Tina Charles knew she'd have to raise her game.
Charles scored a career-high 36 points and Shavonte Zellous added 27 to lead the Liberty to a 93-89 win Friday night.
"I came out with a mentality that we were without two key players and I had to step up offensively," Charles said.
She also got a lot of help. Zellous had a season-high, Kiah Stokes added 13 points and a career-best 15 rebounds.
New York Liberty (18-8) at Stars (5-18)
When, where: 7 p.m. Friday, AT&T Center
Radio, TV: KTKR-AM 760, NBA TV
Stars: PG Moriah Jefferson (5-6, 1st year), SG Alex Montgomery (6-1, 6th), SF Monique Currie (6-0, 11th), PF Dearica Hamby (6-3, 2nd), C Jayne Appel Marinelli (6-4, 7th)
Liberty: PG Tanisha Wright (5-11, 12th), SG Sugar Rodgers (5-9, 4th), SF Swin Cash (6-1, 15th year), PF Tina Charles (6-4, 7th), C Carolyn Swords (6-6, 5th)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reserve Rebecca Allen hit four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points — both career highs — as the New York Liberty bench scored a WNBA-record 69 points in their 88-81 win over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday.
Brittany Boyd had 17 points and seven assists, Amanda Zahui B. added 15 points and nine rebounds and Shavonte Zellous scored 14 for the Liberty (18-7). New York's starters scored just 19 points — including 13 by Tina Charles — to tie...