NEWARK, N.J. — NEWARK, N.J. — Bill Laimbeer is aging quickly with his new team.
Essence Carson scored 21 points and Alex Montgomery added six of her 13 points in overtime as the New York Liberty rallied past Indiana 75-68 Wednesday in a matinee game. It marked the second straight overtime victory for New York.
“I’m almost completely gray now after the last two games,” Liberty coach Laimbeer said, joking. “You don’t want to put yourselves in those positions at home, on the road OK. At home we want to take care of business before overtime. We’re learning, learning about confidence in ourselves. So I guess if you’re going to go overtime and win, that’s a positive.”
New York (2-1) rallied from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter, surviving a nearly 7½-minute drought without a basket between the third and fourth periods, to force overtime.
“We kept being aggressive,” Carson said. “Even though we weren’t getting baskets, they weren’t scoring either.”
Indiana took a 68-67 lead in overtime on Briann January’s jumper with 2:35 left. Montgomery made with consecutive baskets, including one on a putback that gave New York a 71-68 lead with 1:04 left.
After the Fever had a turnover with 14.7 seconds left, they were forced to foul.
“I thanked Alex in the locker room,” Laimbeer said. “By far the best I’ve seen her play. Her energy level was just what we needed. She played to her strengths and was a great boost for us.”
Cappie Pondexter added 17 points for the Liberty (2-1). Tamika Catchings led Indiana (1-2) with 21 points, Shavonte Zellous had 15 and January finished with 13.
The Fever (1-2) had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but January’s drive from the wing was blocked and didn’t come close.
The Liberty, who beat Tulsa in OT in their home opener on Friday, trailed 36-30 at the half and the Fever extended that lead to 51-40 on Sasha Goodlett’s hook with 3:16 left in the period. New York hung around despite going without a basket for the final 4:50 of the third quarter, making made 8 of 10 free throws.