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  • Writer's pictureFagothethird Franklin

Liberty's zone caused havoc for the Sun 84-77

Prior to Game 2, it was announced that Breanna Stewart was this year's MVP in a very close race with Alyssa Thomas and Aja Wilson breathing down her neck. Stewart was very accepting of the award and thanked her coaches, family, and fans with pushing her. However, Stewart and crew wanted the Liberty to get right back on track and not leave their home floor down 2-0.

I guess coach Sandy Brondello dug into her players after that disappointing loss in Game,1 because at the start of this game, there was a different intensity. New York stretched out the floor a bit, which allowed Courtney Vandersloot and Jonquel Jones to get into their rhythm. At one point, New York sprinted out a seven-point lead, but an unlikely player in Tiffany Hayes for the Sun was giving Liberty fits. Hayes had one heck of a first quarter, scoring 12 points for the Sun.

After a great start, New York found themselves out of rhythm and couldn't even buy a bucket, even if they tried. Coach Brondello decided to get out of man and play in a zone defense, which really helped New York out. They had a few steals, which turned into some points for New York, which was a welcoming sight for them. Sabrina Ionescu started to cook late in the second quarter and got her team within striking distance at the end of the break.

The second half was all majority money for Liberty. The "puppet master" started dishing out passes on the string as well as hitting three pointers. Liberty stayed in that zone defense, which the Sun could not figure out until the end of the third. Vandersloot, Betnijah Lanney and Ionescu hit crucial threes down the stretch to extend New York's lead and went on to even the series at one apiece.


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