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Leilani starts in Liberty win over Sky, Vandersloot

NEWARK, N.J. -- Essence Carson and Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points each to rally the New York Liberty to an 80-73 victory over the visiting Chicago Sky.

Leilani Mitchell (Kennewick) scored no points but had three assists and two steals starting at guard for the Liberty (7-5).

Gonzaga product Courtney Vandersloot, a rookie, had 14 points for the Sky (6-7), which has lost six of nine.

Pondexter hit a 3-pointer to tie score at 73 with 1:15 to go and Carson hit one of her own with 31.7 seconds remaining to put New York ahead for good. Pondexter then hit four free throws to seal New York's third straight win and fifth in six games.