The New York Liberty fell to the Connecticut Sun 92-65 on Tuesday for their fourth-straight loss since beating the Sun in the season opener.
The rough night for the Liberty stemmed in part from their struggles to keep hold of the ball. The team committed 29 turnovers — just one short of its single-game record of 30, set against the Mercury in 1998. The team also reached 29 turnovers last June against the Sparks.
While the number of turnovers may not have been a record, all five starters each committed at least four turnovers – a feat that had never happened before in a WNBA game.
Of the 29 turnovers, 12 came in the first quarter, nearly outpacing the 15 points the Liberty scored. Of Connecticut’s 18 points in the first half, 16 came off Liberty turnovers.
New York also had foul trouble to deal with, as Betnijah Laney, Stefanie Dolson and Michaela Onyenwere each committed four fouls apiece. Laney and Dolson were the two Liberty players to score in double-digits, with Laney posting 16 points and Dolson 13 points.
Following the loss, the Liberty players talked in the locker room for more than 20 minutes.
For the Sun, DeWanna Bonner had 16 points, four steals and three assists in her season debut, while Natisha Hiedeman had 15 points and Brionna Jones 14 points.
The Liberty will look to get back on track against the Minnesota Lynx at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday.