Storm-Liberty Preview

The Associated Press

The New York Liberty and Seattle Storm each have been plagued by turnover problems recently and have been unable to overcome them during unproductive stretches.

New York looks to avoid a sixth loss in seven games Tuesday night as it hosts a Seattle squad that has dropped four of five.

The Liberty (5-7) are committing a WNBA-worst 18.5 turnovers per game and finished with 15 in a 93-64 loss to Chicago on Sunday. It was their first home game since a four-game road trip, with the only positive result being a 67-62 victory June 28 at Seattle.

New York shot 33.3 percent from the field after shooting at least 43.0 percent in its previous five games.

"I tried to impress upon them they had to come and push through anything and we did not," coach Bill Laimbeer said. "I'm disappointed in not showing up. We didn't show up to win the game, we showed up to play the game.''

New York has three games left on what could be a key homestand.

"This stretch is big for us as far as positioning in the East,'' Laimbeer said.

The Storm (5-7) haven't been much better lately. They committed a season-worst 26 turnovers in a 62-59 loss to Washington on Saturday and are averaging only 64.6 points over their last five contests.

Camille Little had a chance to tie the score with 20.5 seconds remaining, but she missed one of two free throws. Seattle had trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half.

"We put ourselves in a hole and it's a thing we've done continuously all season long,'' said coach Brian Agler, whose team averages 15.1 turnovers. "Sometimes we've found a way to fight back, sometimes we don't.''

Tina Thompson (12.3 points per game), Little (12.0) and Temeka Johnson (11.9) are the team's top scorers, but they combined to score only 21 while shooting 5 of 18 on Saturday.

Shekinna Stricklen, however, scored a season-high 20 points and has continued to impress Agler.

"She's only a year and a half into her WNBA career," Agler said. "She's got great offensive talent, great instincts, and she'll just keep getting better, as well."

Seattle forced 22 turnovers and committed only 10 when it faced New York last month, though Cappie Pondexter's game-high 23 points proved to be too much. She's averaging 23.0 points in her last four.

Johnson scored a season-high 22 points for the Storm in that contest, though Stricklen finished with only three.