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Liberty 95, Mercury 70

June 22, 2001

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PHOENIX (AP) _ Becky Hammon was 8-of-8 from the field, including five 3-pointers, as the New York Liberty set a few WNBA and franchise records in a 95-70 romp over the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday night.

The Liberty shot 9-for-9 from 3-point range to set a league record for 3s without a miss. Crystal Robinson made two, and Andrea Nagy and Rebecca Lobo had one each.

Tari Phillips had 16 of her 23 points in the first half, and Hammon, who finished with a season-high 21 points, had 16 in the second.

Vickie Johnson scored 12 points and Robinson 11 as New York (7-3) won its sixth straight, matching the Houston Comets for the longest active streak in the WNBA. Lobo had nine points and five rebounds in 16 minutes in her best performance since knee surgery sidelined her last season.

The Liberty’s 52 points in the first half and 95 total are franchise records, along with field goals made with 39.

Reserves Bridget Pettis and Adrian Williams scored 12 points each for the Mercury (4-6).

Phillips was 8-for-10 from the floor in the first half, leading the Liberty to 67.6 percent shooting and a 52-26 lead.

The Liberty scored the first seven points and never let up, taking an 18-8 lead on a three-point play by Robinson with 12:49 left in the first half.

New York took the suspense out of the game with a 13-2 run in the next four minutes, going ahead 31-10 on a 16-footer by Sue Wicks at the 8:49 mark.

The Liberty’s lead reached 27 points at 50-23 on a layup by Lobo with 1:12 left in the half, and twice in the second half. Phoenix never got closer than 56-36 on a layup by Tonya Edwards 3:48 into the second half.

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