Coleman's 3 lifts New York over winless Indiana 78-75
By DOUG FEINBERG
AP Basketball Writer
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Marissa Coleman's tiebreaking 3-pointer with 16.1 seconds left gave New York a 78-75 victory over the winless Indiana Fever on Sunday.
With the game tied at 75, Coleman caught the ball on the wing and made the 3 against her former team. Coleman came to New York as a free agent in the offseason.
Indiana (0-8) had one last chance to tie it, but Kelsey Mitchell couldn't get a good look from behind the arc and her shot fell short. Mitchell finished with 19 points.
Sugar Rodgers led New York with 16 points, all but three coming in the second half. New York (3-4) was coasting early in the fourth quarter when Rodgers hit three 3-pointers to start the period and give the Liberty a seven-point lead. Indiana (0-8) rallied, scoring 10 straight points, to take a 71-68 advantage with 2:30 left in the game. Bria Hartley then took over with seven straight points for the Liberty, the last of which made it 75-72.
Victoria Vivians then answered to tie it with 33.3 seconds remaining before Coleman's shot.
Indiana is off to the worst start in franchise history. The team lost its first five games in 2001 - the franchise's second season in existence.
New York, which has lost its four games by a combined 16 points, led 38-36 at the end of the first half after a sluggish first 20 minutes.
Candice Dupree has missed the last two games with a left knee injury. Coach Pokey Chatman expects her All-Star forward back this week.
"It's nothing major and we hope to have her when we play Las Vegas or Atlanta," the coach said.
HALL OF FAMER:
Liberty coach Katie Smith had a busy weekend, flying to Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday to be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. She caught an early flight back Sunday morning to make it back in time to coach this game.
"It was a really wonderful weekend and something very special," Smith said. "I only got a couple hours of sleep last night, but it was well worth before my alarm went off at 3:30 a.m. to catch a flight back."
Both teams face the Las Vegas Aces in their next contests. The Aces visit Indiana on Tuesday before playing at New York on Wednesday.
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