Shameka Christon matched a career high with 25 points and led the New York Liberty to a 77-63 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK — Shameka Christon matched a career high with 25 points and led the New York Liberty to a 77-63 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night.
Christon was 9-for-14 from the floor, including 4-for-6 on 3-pointers, and scored 15 in the second half to help the Liberty (2-3) recover after squandering a 16-point lead in the first half. Janel McCarville added 12 points for New York, which had lost five straight meetings against the Storm.
Lauren Jackson scored 19 points, Sheryl Swoopes had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Sue Bird added 10 points for Seattle (5-2).
After scoring just six points in the first quarter, the Storm had 30 in the second and pulled within two on Bird’s jumper with 1.8 seconds left before halftime. Seattle tied the score at 38 on Jackson’s layup 46 seconds into the third quarter, and Bird’s layup with 3:54 left in the period gave the Storm their first lead, 44-43.
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The Liberty moved back ahead for good 15 seconds later on Christon’s three-point play. Rookie Erlana Larkins hit two free throws with 1:33 to go in the third, and Ashley Battle added two more 29 seconds later to push New York’s advantage to 54-48 heading into the fourth.
After Bird’s 3 pulled Seattle to 57-53, the Liberty scored nine consecutive points in a 2:02 span to stretch their lead to 13 on Cathrine Kraayeveld’s 3 with 6:11 to go.
The Liberty shot 46 percent from the field (28-for-61), including 9-for-23 on 3s.
The Storm trailed 22-6 after the first quarter, their third double-digit first-half deficit this season and their lowest scoring period. Seattle was 2-for-8 from the field and 1-for-4 from the line in the quarter.
The six points allowed in the first were the fewest against the Liberty in any quarter this season.
Seattle scored seven points in just 1:45 in the second, pulling to 24-13 on Swoopes’ driving layup. The Storm’s second 7-0 run of the second quarter pulled them to 30-26 on Tanisha Wright’s jumper with 3:46 left in the period.