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Breanna Stewart and New York Liberty ‘locked in’ as playoffs approach

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As the WNBA playoffs approach, the New York Liberty are beginning to play the best basketball they have all season.

They took the season series against the Aces, the other top team in the league, and are on a five-game win streak. They’ve also won 13 of their last 15 games. It’s a big turnaround for a team that struggled at the beginning of the season with chemistry.

But if you ask Breanna Stewart, that growth is what makes the Liberty a championship-level team.

“I see us from really how we started this season to where we are now. The growth, the experience, the way we lock in like every moment matters, that’s what you see on championship teams,” she said Friday. “We know everyone will give us their best shot, so we just want to be at our best and peak come playoff time.”

They appear to be doing just that, having held the Connecticut Sun to just 58 points in their 89-58 win. Usually one of the team’s most prolific scorers, Alyssa Thomas had just eight points, four rebounds and one assist.

Stewart had 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists – a near triple-double. And of course, she continues to put herself into the MVP conversation.

“It hasn’t just been tonight, it’s all season long, and I’m not saying that because she’s my teammate,” Betnijah Laney said. “She hits every mark on the stat sheet. For us to be able to do that, she’s made a strong case for herself.”