Lynx squander lead as Liberty rallies behind 32 points from Charles

  • Article by: DOUG FEINBERG , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 7, 2014 - 12:36 AM

New York closed the game scoring 11 of the final 15 points.

hide

The Liberty's Tina Charles, shown earlier this season, scored 32 points in an 87-80 victory over the Lynx on Sunday in New York.

Photo: Fred Beckham, Associated Press file photo

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

 

– It’s all starting to click for Tina Charles and the New York Liberty.

Charles scored a career-high 32 points to lead the Liberty to an 87-80 win over Maya Moore and the defending champion Lynx on Sunday.

“We’re starting to play better, and I’m being more aggressive doing what my team needs,” said Charles, who had 28 points in the Liberty’s previous game.

New York (7-11) has won three straight and finished its five-game homestand with four victories.

“This was a big homestand for us,” said Cappie Pondexter, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for New York. “Now we’ve got to carry this over to the road.”

The Liberty, 1-7 on the road this season, heads to San Antonio for a game before returning for two more at Madison Square Garden before the All-Star break.

Trailing 59-53 midway through the third quarter, New York went on a 20-6 run over the next 7 minutes to take a 73-65 lead early in the final period.

Charles had six points during the burst, including a jumper that made it 69-65 and gave her a career high for points. Charde Houston’s jumper with 8:04 left in the fourth capped the burst.

Moore rallied the Lynx (13-6), scoring nine straight points. Her three-pointer tied it at 76 with 5:10 left.

“I’m so used to seeing her take over when her team needs her,” Charles said of her former UConn teammate.

But New York closed the game scoring 11 of the final 15 points, including five by Pondexter to seal the win.

“When you are trying to win on the road in this league, you need to play well on defense and rebound. We didn’t do either well down the stretch,” said Moore, who finished with 25 points to lead the Lynx.

This was the first time that Moore had played in Madison Square Garden as a pro, as the arena had undergone a $1 billion renovation over the past three years. She flourished at MSG while playing for UConn, averaging 21.3 points in three victories that included the Huskies’ NCAA record-tying 88th straight win against Ohio State when Moore was a junior.

She got off to a quick start on Sunday, scoring the Lynx’s first seven points, including a nifty reverse layup. Charles, her former UConn teammate, matched her pretty much basket for basket.

The Lynx built a 35-23 lead early in the second quarter before Charles rallied the Liberty. Sugar Rodgers started a 17-4 run with a three-point play, and Charles had four points during the spurt. Her layup with 3:48 left in the half gave New York a 40-39 lead. The game was tied at 48 at the half.

Charles had 24 points in the first 20 minutes.

Minnesota was still missing star Seimone Augustus, who has bursitis in her left knee. Augustus has missed the past three games but did participate in pregame warmups on Sunday.

The Lynx haven’t had their complete roster healthy for a game yet this season. Rebekkah Brunson still is recovering from a right knee injury.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Team Irvin 32 FINAL
Team Carter 28
Miami 96 FINAL
Chicago 84
Oklahoma City 98 FINAL
Cleveland 108
Dallas 106 FINAL
New Orleans 109
Indiana 106 FINAL
Orlando 99
LA Clippers 120 FINAL
Phoenix 100
Minnesota 100 FINAL
Atlanta 112
Detroit 110 FINAL
Toronto 114
Milwaukee 95 FINAL
San Antonio 101
Boston 111 FINAL
Golden State 114
Washington 117 FINAL
Denver 115
Houston 99 FINAL
LA Lakers 87
Team Toews 17 FINAL
Team Foligno 12
South Florida 53 FINAL
Connecticut 66
Boston College 64 FINAL
Georgia Tech 62
Virginia 50 FINAL
Virginia Tech 47
Indiana 70 FINAL
Ohio State 82
Stony Brook 61 FINAL
Binghamton 54
Cincinnati 56 FINAL
UCF 46
Maine 70 FINAL
Hartford 61
Monmouth 64 FINAL
Manhattan 71
Fairfield 67 FINAL
Marist 73
Rowan 48 FINAL
Princeton 96
St Bonaventure 48 FINAL
Rhode Island 53
Duke 77 FINAL
St Johns 68
Saint Peters 69 FINAL
Siena 55
Drake 40 FINAL
Wichita State 74
Vermont 61 FINAL
UMass Lowell 50
Seton Hall 57 FINAL
Butler 77
NJIT 72 FINAL
South Alabama 55
Northern Iowa 54 FINAL
Illinois State 53
Louisville 80 FINAL
Pittsburgh 68
UMBC 55 FINAL
Albany 69
Niagara 64 FINAL
Iona 87
Notre Dame 81 FINAL
NC State 78
Belmont 63 FINAL
Tennessee St 55
Creighton 50 FINAL
Villanova 71
Northwestern 67 FINAL
Maryland 68
Washington 56 FINAL
Utah 77
Senior-North 34 FINAL
Senior-South 13
Seton Hall 99 FINAL
Georgetown 85
St Johns 69 FINAL
Villanova 81
Arkansas 58 FINAL
Florida 72
Maine 56 FINAL
UMBC 42
Vanderbilt 55 FINAL
Alabama 52
Lafayette 60 FINAL
Lehigh 65
UCF 61 FINAL
SMU 57
Utah 51 FINAL
Washington 63
James Madison 73 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 53
Delaware 56 FINAL
Drexel 61
Hofstra 56 FINAL
William & Mary 57
Hartford 58 FINAL
Albany 82
Binghamton 54 FINAL
Stony Brook 67
Towson 63 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 71
Wake Forest 80 FINAL
(17) Florida State 110
Georgia Tech 68 FINAL
Virginia 62
(22) Georgia 51 FINAL
(5) Tennessee 59
Drake 79 FINAL
Evansville 62
Iona 80 FINAL
Canisius 62
Fairfield 33 FINAL
Monmouth 59
Northwestern 75 FINAL
Penn State 76
Wisconsin 71 FINAL
Michigan State 77
Ohio State 79 FINAL
Purdue 71
Northern Iowa 57 FINAL
Indiana State 55
Butler 58 FINAL
Xavier 54
Creighton 93 FINAL
Marquette 75
Providence 42 FINAL
DePaul 90
Northeastern 77 FINAL
Elon 80
(2) Connecticut 96 FINAL
Cincinnati 31
Oregon 78 FINAL
Arizona 81
Bradley 46 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 45
NC State 49 FINAL
(23) Syracuse 66
(7) Maryland 84 FINAL
Indiana 74
Illinois State 35 FINAL
Missouri State 58
Colorado 68 FINAL
Washington St 73
Tulane 45 FINAL
South Florida 64
(14) Kentucky 83 FINAL
Missouri 69
(9) Oregon State 68 FINAL
(13) Arizona State 57
Vermont 63 FINAL
UMass Lowell 72
Iowa State 58 FINAL
(8) Texas 57
Southern Ill 61 FINAL
Wichita State 80
(15) Duke 74 FINAL
(12) North Carolina 67
Miami-Florida 55 FINAL
(4) Louisville 68
(21) Minnesota 61 FINAL
(25) Rutgers 66
California 72 FINAL
UCLA 57
(11) Stanford 71 FINAL
USC 60
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close