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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Dream 79, Liberty 58

By Mike Mazzeo

Recap | Box score | Photos

WHAT IT MEANS: The Liberty remain winless in their temporary Newark home.

New York dropped to 0-2 at the Prudential Center after falling to the Atlanta Dream, 79-58, on Tuesday night. The Liberty (2-2) have now lost two straight after kicking off the 2011 season 2-0. Meanwhile, the Dream (1-3), the defending Eastern Conference champions, won for the first time this year, snapping a three-game losing streak.

TURNING POINT: The Liberty trailed just 35-30 with 1:54 remaining in the first half, but Atlanta closed on a 9-2 run to take a 12-point lead into the break. The Dream rolled from there. They led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter.

STAR OF THE GAME: Guard Essence Carson had 17 of her game-high 21 points in the first half for New York, while center Kia Vaughn added 16 points in a losing cause.

Carson ripped down a game-high eight rebounds. Vaughn added seven boards.

However, the Liberty's dynamic scoring duo of Cappie Pondexter (3-for-12) and Plenette Pierson (1-for-5) combined for 10 points. Pierson came in ranked seventh in the WNBA in scoring at 18.0 points per game, while Pondexter had been averaging 15.3 per contest herself.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Liberty came in ranked second in the league in scoring (85.0 ppg), but were held to a season-low 58 points by the Dream. They also shot a season-worst 36.2 percent from the field and made a season-low one 3-pointer.

UP NEXT: The Liberty hit the road for three straight games, starting in Chicago on Friday night.