Will dominance in the post and more athleticism make a difference for the Liberty this season?
The Twin Towers
Could the dynamic duo of Tina Charles and rookie Kiah Stokes be the answer to the Liberty making it to the playoffs this season?
Stokes who was drafted from UCONN, and has championship experience, but her potential has head coach Bill Laimbeer excited, and he feels she can help lead the Liberty to success this season. During preseason, Stokes started and averaged 26.3 minutes per game, 8.6 points per game and 9 rebounds per game. She almost averaging a double-double for the season, these numbers show how productive Stokes can be for the Liberty.
Tina Charles was the leading scorer for the Liberty last season, averaging 17.4 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game. Remaining the leading scorer during the preseason this year, Charles averaged 15.5 points per game. With the help of Stokes down low, they could be a hard pair to guard in the paint.
Preseason may bring hope for Liberty
Despite losing all three preseason games, the Liberty made progress during the preseason. They lost by 28 to the Chicago Sky, 13 to the Atlanta Dream and only 5 to the Minnesota Lynx. Over these past three games, they have increased in scoring and decreased in amount of points they lost by. If they continue to make progress, they can take the surprise some in the league.
Besides Stokes and Charles, another name to keep an eye out for is rookie Rebecca Allen. She played extremely well during the last two quarters against the Minnesota Lynx, which helped them make a come-back and only lose by 5. Rebecca Allen averaged 21 minutes per game and 10.3 points per game during the preseason, which is very impressive for a rookie. Besides the twin towers, Allen can be a key factor in the Liberty’s success this season.