Liberty, Sun set to battle in Eastern Conference clash

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Betnijah Laney and the New York Liberty will look to make up some ground when they visit Jonquel Jones and the Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut Sun on Saturday night.

New York (5-3) won five of its first six games, but suffered its first two-game losing streak of the season after home losses to Atlanta last Saturday and Las Vegas on Thursday.

Laney, who is averaging a team-high 22.4 points, scored 23 to lead the Liberty, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Aces in a 94-82 setback. Laney boasts the third-highest scoring average in the WNBA and has scored at least 20 in all eight games.

Despite their recent skid, the Liberty find themselves only 1 1/2 games behind the Sun in the standings.

“It’s great for us to have started the season for us (the way that) we have,” said guard Rebecca Allen, who scored 16 off the bench against Las Vegas. “It’s about us now continuing to grow. We are nowhere near the potential that we can reach, so I think that’s (the) exciting part.”

Connecticut (7-2) has alternated wins and losses over its last four games after opening the season with five straight victories.

The Sun were 74-67 winners against the Aces on Tuesday behind Jones’ 23 points and seven rebounds. The Seattle Storm (6-1) has the best record in the league, but the Sun are right behind them.

“(Something) other people are noticing about our team is that we’re here to compete this season for a championship,” said guard Jasmine Thomas, who had 11 points and six assists against Las Vegas. “We’ve just got to keep getting better and keep doing what we’re doing.”

Jones is averaging 20.6 points, currently fifth-best in the WNBA, to go along with a league-leading 10.1 rebounds this season.

Connecticut has won six consecutive games against New York dating back to 2018.

–Field Level Media

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