Breanna Stewart’s Heroics Propel New York Liberty to Semifinals
When the stakes are at their highest, Breanna Stewart always seems to shine the brightest. On Tuesday night at Barclays Center, Stewart showcased her clutch gene once again, leading the New York Liberty to a thrilling 90-85 overtime victory over the Washington Mystics and securing a spot in the WNBA semifinals.
The Liberty, seeded second, faced off against the seventh-seeded Mystics in a high-pressure game. Stewart, a two-time WNBA champion, was simply unstoppable, recording an impressive stat line of 27 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists. Her performance in overtime was nothing short of spectacular, and it proved to be the difference-maker in the game.
While Sabrina Ionescu may not have had a standout performance in terms of scoring, her contributions were vital to the Liberty’s success. Ionescu chipped in with 11 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, playing a pivotal role in securing the victory. Jonquel Jones also had a strong showing, contributing 19 points, 14 rebounds, and an assist.
However, it was Natasha Cloud of the Mystics who turned heads with her exceptional play. Cloud was undoubtedly the best player on the court, finishing the game with an astonishing 33 points, six rebounds, and nine assists. Her performance drew praise from none other than Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.
Stewart, a recent addition to the Liberty for the 2023 season after spending her first six years with the Seattle Storm, is on a quest for her third WNBA title in just seven seasons—a testament to her incredible talent and dedication to the game.
With this victory, the New York Liberty became the second team to secure a spot in the WNBA semifinals, joining the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces, who swept the Chicago Sky in the opening round. The Liberty’s next challenge will come in the semifinals against either the third-seeded Connecticut Sun or the sixth-seeded Minnesota Lynx. Game 1 of the semifinals is scheduled for September 24th, and basketball fans are eagerly awaiting more thrilling action.
As we look ahead to the rest of the WNBA playoffs, one thing is certain: Breanna Stewart’s ability to deliver in clutch moments will continue to captivate fans and inspire aspiring basketball players everywhere. Stay tuned for more electrifying basketball action as the postseason unfolds.