The New York Liberty’s playoff dreams were dealt a major blow in their penultimate road game of the season in Dallas.
Thrilling September matchups between New York and Dallas are no longer limited to the gridiron. These, in fact, bear greater importance on their respective league’s playoff picture.
Alas for the metropolitans, however, another loss built on development has dealt a sizable blow to their postseason aspirations.
The Dallas Wings took advantage of a 21-10 advantage in the fourth quarter, paced by a combined 34 points off the bench from Marina Mabrey and Satou Sabally, to earn a narrow 77-76 victory over the New York Liberty on Saturday night in the Lone Star State. Dallas (13-17) clinched its first WNBA playoff berth since 2018, leaving only one spot up for grabs as the end of the regular season approaches.
The Liberty (11-19) are one of three teams fighting for that eighth and final seed with two games left on their regular season schedule. That pair starts Wednesday against Connecticut (7 p.m. ET, CBSSN) and concludes with a matchup against their fellow fighters from Washington on Friday. New York has lost control of the final seeds through a 1-8 stretch in the post-Olympic slate.
ESM has three stars from the latest defeat…
Tough bucket @sabrina_i20
— WNBA (@WNBA) September 12, 2021
3rd Star: Sabrina Ionescu
18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists
2nd Star: Natasha Howard
16 points, 11 rebounds
They sleep, eats! pic.twitter.com/kDGM8zxhff
— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) September 12, 2021
1st Star: Betnijah Laney
19 points, 6 assists
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags
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