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Sabrina Ionescu, Liberty Praised by Followers for Steadiness in Win vs. Solar in WNBA Playoffs

Timothy Rapp @@TRappaRT Twitter Logo Featured Columnist IV September 27, 2023 Sarah Stier/Getty Images On the same day that Breanna Stewart was named the WNBA’s MVP for the second time, it was Sabrina Ionescu and a balanced effort from the New York Liberty’s supporting cast that carried the team to an 84-77 victory over the

Sabrina Ionescu, Liberty Praised by Followers for Steadiness in Win vs. Solar in WNBA Playoffs

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 27, 2023

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26: Sabrina Ionescu #20 of the New York Liberty reacts after scoring during the first half against the Connecticut Sun during Game Two of the 2023 WNBA Playoffs semifinals at Barclays Center on September 26, 2023 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

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On the identical day that Breanna Stewart was named the WNBA’s MVP for the second time, it was Sabrina Ionescu and a balanced effort from the New York Liberty’s supporting forged that carried the workforce to an 84-77 victory over the Connecticut Solar in Recreation 2 of the WNBA Semifinals.

Ionescu put up 21 factors and 5 assists, Betnijah Laney added 20 factors—together with 15 within the second half—and Courtney Vandersloot contributed 19 factors within the victory. All 5 starters put up double-digit factors.

Stewart struggled from the sphere, scoring 11 factors on simply 3-of-13 capturing, however she added 11 rebounds, 5 blocks and two steals, making her presence felt on the defensive finish.

New York Liberty @nyliberty

Stewie’s throwing a block occasion at @barclayscenter, y’all wanna come? 😮‍💨🙅‍♀️ @breannastewart

After the competition, followers and pundits alike have been impressed by Ionescu, Laney and New York’s workforce effort:

Geoff Magliocchetti @GeoffJMags

Sabrina Ionescu the motive force….it has been to the Liberty’s benefit tonight #WNBA #LightItUpNYL

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Shea Serrano @SheaSerrano

right here comes sabrina 😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬

Jackie Powell (she/her) @ClassicJpow

Betnijah Laney has completely been the distinction for the New York Liberty within the second half. She has 20 complete factors on 7-11 capturing. 5-7 from three. @alexaphilippou mentioned proper subsequent to me that she’s made large performs on the proper time. She’s not improper.

Myles @MylesEhrlich

Betnijah Laney together with her *fifth* triple, and he or she backpedals, smiling. Simply an superior sport from B, who’s as much as 20 factors.

Thomas Ashburn Jr. @thomastheauthor

This @nyliberty @ConnecticutSun sequence is enjoyable however i feel finally The Liberty might be an excessive amount of. #WNBAPlayoffs

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Myles @MylesEhrlich

Courtney Vandersloot is a *shooter* — she sidesteps a closeout and knocks down a deep two from the nook. Subsequent possession, she attracts the protection and finds Stewie on the wing for a 3. The Liberty have prolonged to a ten-point lead, 72-62, with 7:05 to go. Sloot has 15.

The Crown #LightItUpNYL 🗽 @thecrownliberty

JJ carried us in the beginning.

Sabrina carried us within the center.

Laney carried us on the finish.

I’m so pleased with the trouble and dedication we confirmed to get the win tonight. We may have simply folded once we have been down 30-18.

🗽 #WNBATwitter

The workforce effort spoiled Tiffany Hayes’ 30-point outburst, whereas main scorer DeWanna Bonner added 19 factors, seven boards and 4 assists.

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And so the best-of-five sequence head again to Connecticut even at a sport apiece, with Recreation 3 set for Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Liberty undoubtedly have the benefit in star energy and total expertise, although the Solar’s protection and physicality carried them in a 78-63 Recreation 1 win.

Connecticut coach Stephanie White referred to as the Liberty an “offensive juggernaut” after that victory, although in Recreation 1 the Solar have been capable of decelerate these fireworks. Even with Stewart struggling in Recreation 2, nonetheless, the Liberty rediscovered their offensive mojo.

Given Stewart’s skill to steal a sport or two in a sequence all by herself, Tuesday’s loss is an ominous signal for the Solar.

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