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New York Liberty are off to their best start since 2007

New York Liberty are off to their best start since 2007/ JWS

The Liberty are now 5-1.

With an 88-81 win over the Dallas Wings on Monday night, New York held on to second place in the WNBA standings and advanced to the franchise’s best start since 2007.

The Liberty have done an about-face after winning just two games last year. New York now looks to be a legitimate playoff contender with Sabrina Ionescu back from injury, Betnijah Laney playing like an MVP candidate and Natasha Howard making an immediate impact after returning from overseas.

Howard recorded 12 points and seven rebounds against the Wings before leaving in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury. If Howard can stay healthy, the 2019 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year will provide vital experience to an otherwise young team.

Laney, the WNBA’s Most Improved Player last season with Atlanta, has scored 20 points or more in each of New York’s first six games, making her only the sixth player in league history to do so. Laney had a game-high 26 points on 60 percent shooting in the win Monday night.

New York will look to extend its historic start in a game against the Atlanta Dream on Saturday.