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Pondexter scores 23, Braxton gets career-high 14 rebounds as Liberty beat Storm 67-62

Cappie Pondexter scored 23 points to help the New York Liberty beat the Seattle Storm 67-62 on Friday night for their first road win of the season.

Kara Braxton added a career-high 14 rebounds and eight points for New York (5-4), which was 0-3 on the road. The Liberty also snapped an eight-game losing streak at Seattle, with their first road win against the Storm since 2002.

Temeka Johnson had a season-high 22 points to lead Seattle (4-5), which shot just 1 for 18 on 3-pointers and lost its second straight. Camille Little added 12 points and Tanisha Wright had 10.

The Liberty led 52-45 early in the fourth quarter before Seattle pulled to 60-58 with 1:02 left. However, Pondexter made an outside shot and the Liberty held on for the win.

New York played without forward Plenette Pierson, who injured her right knee in a loss at Chicago on Wednesday.

Pondexter scored eight in the third quarter to help New York to a 48-45 lead. The Liberty used an 8-0 run early in the quarter to go ahead and led by as many as six.

Johnson scored eight in the third quarter to help keep the Storm in the game.

Pondexter had seven points in the first half, including a 3 with 34 seconds left to send the game into halftime tied at 30-30. She was just 2 of 8 from the field in the first two quarters.

Johnson and Little each scored eight in the first half for Seattle, which led by six points in the second quarter.

The Liberty committed 12 turnovers in the opening half but Seattle scored only five points off the turnovers.