The New York Liberty opened the season with a 82-73 victory over the Atlanta Dream. Here are some number and analytics behind their win over the Dream.
New York City, NY – The clichés that admonishes us early on in the season are the ‘marathon not a sprint’ and ‘one game does not a season make’. Clichés aside, the New York Liberty scored an impressive 82-73 victory over the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA opener. The numbers from the Madison Square Garden meeting on Friday.
Possessions: Atlanta 85, Liberty 83
Offensive efficiency: NY Liberty 99, Atlanta 86
The Four Factors:
The negative among the Liberty was the offensive rebounding percentage. Liberty were outrebounded 12-4 on the offensive glass. Truthfully, there were not as much offensive rebounding opportunities thanks to some impressive shooting. They made up for it with an excellent eFG percentage while holding the Dream to a mark in the low forties.
Turnover rates were favorable in New York’s case. Bill Laimbeer’s group was under the 20% mark on offense while forcing over that cutoff on defense.
Defensive TO rate and eFG defense all added up to an impressive 86 defensive efficiency for the Liberty.
The leading scorers:
Angel McCoughtry – Atlanta 27 points (efficiency 26)
NY – Tina Charles 17 points (efficiency 20)
- Special mention should be reserved for Liberty rookie Brittany Boyd. The Cal product posted an efficiency of 19 with 14 points, 3 steals and three assists as highlights in a 19-minute outing.
- Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer remarked, “Win or lose, we would rather win, we will play with intensity and chemistry. We did that tonight.”
- Epiphanny Prince is still unavailable due to commitments with her Russian team. She will join the Liberty in a few weeks.
- In her absence Laimbeer received notable outings from Boyd, Tanisha Wright (14 points and 5 assists) and Swin Cash. “She (Cash) is our ‘elder ‘ player,” Laimbeer said of the 13-year veteran. “But she was phenomenal.” Cash enjoyed a solid 15 point night.
- Tiffany Hayes hit a few (3 of 8) treys for the Dream. Hayes scored 17 points but was limited to a 6 efficiency due to 5 of 18 shooting from the floor.