• Kaunda Chama

Liberty hold homecourt against Lynx

The Liberty beat the Minnesota Lynx 75-69 in New York on the back of standout offensive performances by Kia Nurse and Asia Durr.

Nurse had 26 points, while Durr put up a career-high 20 points.

Commenting after the win, Nurse said that the victory was a team effort with a balanced scoring effort and focus on getting key stops defensively allowed the team to take the game.

''We are continuing to find ways to win, playing with a lot of passion and that will allow you to go far in this league,” she said.

The Liberty were leading by 10 at the end of the third quarter, but the Lynx reduced that early in the fourth to 61-58 before Nurse hit a three which sparked a 10-4 run that made it 71-62.

Minnesota then rallied within four, but Durr made her presence felt once again and made a crucial bucket with only 20 seconds left on the clock.

Sylvia Fowles led Minnesota with a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double, which has only won one of its last four games.

Fowles said she was happy that the team was able to rally from a 15-point deficit, stating that it is all part of the game, and added that the Lynx need to do a better job at finishing.

The game was the second straight win for New York, which had started the season on a skid.

Durr, who was part of the New York spurt in the first half of the game surpassed her previous career-high of 12 points before halftime. The rookie finished the opening 20 minutes with 14 points.

Amanda Zahui B. had a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double for the Liberty with two blocks and two steals.

Meanwhile, Sylvia Fowles moved into the top 20 on the WNBA career scoring list, passing Taj McWilliams-Franklin in the first quarter for 20th. The Lynx star has 5,025 points.

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