Sugar Rodgers had a career-high 30 points and the New York Liberty rallied to give the Minnesota Lynx their third straight loss, 95-92 in overtime on Wednesday night.
The Liberty (11-5), who were without the WNBA’s leading scorer Tina Charles, used a 17-2 run to end the fourth quarter and force overtime. Rodgers capped the scoring in regulation on a 3 that tied it at 83-all with 48 seconds left.
Rodgers scored five straight in overtime and Shavonte Zellous added a 3-pointer with 36.4 seconds left to give New York an 95-89 lead.
Maya Moore answered with a quick 3 and picked Rodgers off the dribble near midcourt to give Minnesota (13-3) a chance to tie. But Moore missed a pair of 3-point attempts in the final seconds.
Amanda Zahui B. scored a career-high 17 while making her first career start for New York and Zellous added 15 off the bench. Zahui B. replaced Charles, who had a procedure Tuesday night to repair her nose – broken on June 22nd in a double-overtime win over Atlanta.
The Liberty played their fourth overtime game in their last five.