The Liberty showed the Detroit Shock just how much it has improved.
Becky Hammon had 10 of her 12 points in the second half, and all five starters scored in double figures as the Liberty ended a five-game losing streak against the defending WNBA champion with a 64-52 victory last night in New York.
"We really got everyone involved," Hammon said. "That is how we are going to beat teams, by playing together."
Crystal Robinson and Tari Phillips had 13 points apiece, Vickie Johnson added 11, and Elena Baranova missed getting her third straight double-double, finishing with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
"This was a great win for us," New York Coach Richie Adubato said. "Our defense was the best we have played in a long time. We had balanced scoring."
The Liberty shot 26 for 58 from the field (44.8 percent), including 6 for 13 (46 percent) on three-pointers.
Cheryl Ford, last season's rookie of the year, had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Shock before fouling out with 3 minutes 20 seconds remaining. New York beat Detroit for the first time since June 9, 2002, and limited the Shock to just 18 points in the second half.
* SILVER STARS 56, LYNX 44: Margo Dydek doesn't have to start to be effective for San Antonio.
The 7-foot-2 center had 15 points and nine blocks in a reserve role, leading the Silver Stars to a win over visiting Minnesota.
"It's not like I would do anything different if I were to start," said Dydek, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Jessie Hicks to give the Silver Stars more speed. "I will always try to play my best."