The Liberty's season flamed out on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden after losing Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Indiana Fever. It was a disappointing ending to what was an exciting and, most importantly, competitive year.
Here are three take-aways from the Liberty's impressive season.
Back in the mix
After being one of the dominant franchises in the early years of the WNBA, reaching four finals in their first six seasons, the Liberty made it back to the conference finals for the first time since 2010. On top of their postseason success this year, the Liberty went a franchise-best 23-11 in the regular season, and finished with the top record in the league for the first time in franchise history.
Prince and Charles
Epiphanny Prince and Tina Charles were a royal combination for the Liberty this season. In her second year with the Liberty, Charles continued her MVP-caliber performance, playing in all 34 games while averaging 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. After missing the first 10 games of the season, Prince's return on July 9 sparked the Liberty. The team was 17-7 with Prince in the lineup, as opposed to 6-4 before her return from international play. Prince finished second to Charles in scoring at 15 points per game, and she led the Liberty with two steals per game.
Rookies Brittany Boyd and Kiah Stokes finished second and third, respectively, in this season's WNBA Rookie of the Year voting. The center Stokes played in all 34 games for New York and led all rookies in rebounds (6.4) and blocks (2.0) per game, along with being selected to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team. Boyd filled up the stat sheet, averaging 6.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and a rookie-best 1.1 steals.