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Natasha Howard dominates in return as Liberty fall to Lynx


Natasha Howard didn’t skip a beat in her return to the New York Liberty’s lineup Sunday, scoring a season-high 30 points.

Sabrina Ionescu added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Liberty.

Howard went down just two games into the WNBA season with an MCL sprain. In her absence, the Liberty have amassed a 10-12 record.

Even with Howard’s return, the Liberty could not overcome the offensive effort of the Minnesota Lynx (12-7), who beat the Liberty 88-78. The combined power of Sylvia Fowles — 20 points, 11 rebounds and three steals — alongside Napheesa Collier — 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks — was too much to overcome.

The Lynx have now won eight straight.

The Liberty are back in action Wednesday, August 18 at 7 p.m. ET.