New York Liberty
Cappie Pondexter and Plenette Pierson scored 17 points, leading the Liberty past Atlanta 76-67 for the Dream’s first loss this season.
Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer says he plans to start veteran forward Katie Smith in Carson’s place and rookie Toni Young could see more playing time.
New York Liberty defeated the Tulsa Shock, 91-74, on Saturday at the Prudential Center, closing out the regular season for the home team.
Trailing by nine points with about nine minutes remaining, a loss to last place Washington could have dealt a serious blow to the New York Liberty’s playoff chances.
Essence Carson scored 20 points and Cappie Pondexter added 16 to lead the New York Liberty past the last-place Washington Mystics 79-73 on Saturday.
Tina Charles had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 85-74 victory over the New York Liberty on Saturday night.
The San Antonio Silver Stars beat the New York Liberty 94-81 Sunday.
Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points and Sancho Lyttle added 19 to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 74-64 victory over the New York Liberty on Sunday.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Liberty, playing their fourth game in seven days.
New York’s past four losses have all been by double digits, by a combined 82 points. The teams play again Sunday at New York.
Tina Charles scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half and the Connecticut Sun overcame an early double-digit deficit to beat New York 92-77.
Connecticut Sun went on to a 78-73 victory over the New York Liberty in the season opener for both teams Saturday.
When Madison Square Garden reopens this fall, the stars of the court and ice will share the arena with the stars of the kitchen.
Nicole Powell scored 19 points, Plenette Pierson had 15 and the New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 87-72 Saturday to even their best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Liberty center Kia Vaughn received the WNBA’s most improved player award before New York faced Indiana in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Saturday.