May 11, 2022
Locked on Women’s Basketball: New York Liberty show out in WNBA opener
The Liberty defeated the Sun by moving from the past and accepting the present
It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This one features host Howard Megdal and New York Liberty reporter Jackie Powell. A new era begins for the New York Liberty. And Jackie is here to talk about why this year might be different.
“The Liberty defeated the Sun by moving from the past and accepting the present. And to be quite honest, that’s exactly what I saw on on Saturday night. And it I think you could zoom out even further and say the past could mean even as far back as 2019 or 2020.
But it was clearly looking from year to year. And that was made very clear when Sandy Brondello said to us in the postgame presser that she’s sort of barked at the team and she was like, You got to move the ball. This is not 2021.”
Jackie talks about ball movement and the New York Liberty attacking the paint against the Sun:
“Sandy’s response to my question was, she said, You have to remember who we were playing against. We wanted to play in a way that would create an advantage for us. And so trying to attack the paint and she’s like, well, you can attack the paint in different ways. It doesn’t have to be on post entry passes. And that’s not how we did it. The Liberty did penetrate.
That was something they did there were some questionable calls on both ends. I mean, I think Michaela Onyenwere she got a little lucky. She sort of just threw her body in there and a foul was called and I was like that, but then when Jocelyn Willoughby charged the paint and Jonquel Jones just dropped a monster block on her.”
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