WNBA New York Liberty – The Peaks & Troughs
New York Liberty is a professional basketball team in the Eastern Conference of Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). New York Liberty was one of the original 8 franchises for the league and is owned by Madison Square Garden which also owns New York Nicks of National Basketball Association (NBA). The team has made it to the WNBA Playoffs in 13 from its 19 years in New York. The franchise has been home to many famous players of the league such as Becky Hammon, Teresa Weatherspoon, Rutgers University players Cappie Pondexter, Essence Carson and Utah University player Leilani Mitchell. In the years of 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002 they went to the finals but didn’t win on any of the occasions. The first three times they lost to Houston and then lost to Los Angeles which made them the team with most appearances in the finals without a championship victory.
The story of New York Liberty can simply be described in this single line always the bridesmaid, never the bride. In the beginning Teresa Weatherspoon emerged as a star player she lead the team to finals in 1997 but lost to Houston Comets. Then in 1999 they again lost to Houston Comets who became the champions for the third straight time and they next year was no different either. In 2001 they didn’t made to the finals but did it in 2002 however, to their disappointment it was Los Angeles Sparks who came in their way to win the WNBA championship. In the years 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2014 New York Liberty was not able to made it to the playoffs, the 6 times out of 19 where they failed to go to the playoffs. In 2005 New York Liberty were cleaned off in the first round of playoffs by Indian Fever. In 2007 season, the team started of winning 5 games consistently but lost 7 on the trot after that. However, they made made it to qualify for the last play off spot by cleaning up Washington Mystics, reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals facing the defending champs in Detroit Shocks and lost.
In 2008 season the team managed 19 wins starting with victory over Connecticut Sun in the first round of playoffs but again lost to Detroit Shocks in the Eastern Conference semifinals and that happened again after winning the 1st game and loosing the next two. After that signing Cappie Pondexter and Leilani Mitchell the team started to perform well once again however, they lost the Eastern Conference Finals in 2010 and this time to Atlanta Dream. In 2011 and 2012 they lost the Eastern Conference semifinals to Indiana Fever and Connecticut Sun respectively and failed to qualify for the playoffs in the year 2013 and 2014.
In the 2015 season the did well to gain some form and reaching the Eastern Conference finals by beating Washington Mystics in the semifinals but their campaign was ended yet again in the finals by Indiana Fever. In this years semifinals against Washington Mystics the team played with spirit but lost the first game up very close with 86 points to 83 in New York . In the second game that took place in Washington, the Liberty were able to pull the rabbit out of the hat and won with 86 points to 68 and repeated their performance this time in front of their home crowd in a close match up but a win over Mystics with 79 points to 74 and qualifying for the Eastern Conference finals. Now they were up against Indiana Fever who had already outplayed the Liberty in their previous encounters. But to the disappointment of the Liberty the history repeated itself and Fever beat Liberty yet again after loosing the first game.
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