Pondexter lifts Liberty to 58-56 win over Storm



NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Cappie Pondexter scored 19 points, including the go-ahead layup with 41 seconds remaining, to lift the New York Liberty to a 58-56 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night.

Plenette Pierson had nine points and eight rebounds to help New York (13-9) win for the third time in four games. The Liberty shot 39 percent from the field, including 4 for 12 on 3-pointers.

Sue Bird scored 17 points and Tanisha Wright and Katie Smith had 11 apiece for Seattle (12-10), which had won five of their previous seven. The Storm were 31 percent from the field (21 for 68), including 8 for 21 on 3s.

After Pondexter put the Liberty ahead, Bird missed a 3-pointer from the right corner with 20 seconds to go and a short jumper inside the free throw line with about 10 seconds left. The ball was knocked out of bounds by New York and Seattle’s Swin Cash missed a layup after the ensuing inbounds play.