Jun 30, 2016
It is one thing to beat the defending champion Minnesota Lynx.
It is another thing to beat the Lynx in their own house.
It is impressive to beat the Lynx in their house after trailing 72-60 after three quarters.
It is an amazing thing to beat the Lynx, in their own house, after trailing by 12 after three, while your superstar, who leads your team in virtually every statistical category, is out injured.
Congratulations to the New York Liberty, who accomplished all of this last night in an overtime win over Minnesota, 95-92.
Enter Sugar Rodgers, one of the leading candidates for Most Improved Player in the league this season, who scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Liberty and be our Swisher of the Night.
Rodgers hit her first four 3-point attempts of the game and finished 7-of-13 from 3-point range and 11-of-24 from the field over all.
The biggest of those shots was with 48 seconds left in regulation and the Liberty trailing by three, she completed the Liberty comeback by draining a three-pointer to tie the game at 83 and force overtime.
She then scored five of the twelve New York overtime points as the Liberty completed their comeback and upset the Lynx.
Special mention in the "Swisher" category has to go to the performance of Tamika Catchings yesterday in Chicago. On the heels of her coach and mentor Pat Summitt's passing, Catchings scored 26 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor in an emotionally charged performance. On most nights, that would be enough to be Swisher of the night. Congratulations on that performance.
In the end though, Sugar Rodgers, playing without Tina Charles on the court and leading the Liberty to victory, is our Swisher of the Night!