Tina Charles on track to pass Becky Hammon in Liberty history tonight

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 4: Tina Charles
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 4: Tina Charles /

Going into tonight’s game in Atlanta, Tina Charles is six points shy of tying Becky Hammon for third on the all-time scoring list for the Liberty franchise. Hammon scored 2,367 points in 227 career games for New York (also third most in games played).

Tina Charles has tallied 2,361 points in 125 games with New York.  Her next seven points will be enough to surpass the Liberty Ring of Honor member Becky Hammon. She will still trail Cappie Pondexter (2,970 points) and Vickie Johnson (3,246 points) in the Liberty history books.

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This season, Charles is averaging 20.1 points per game, an improvement from her career average of 18.1 points per game. At this rate, she is on track to surpass Pondexter by the close of next year.  If New York can make a deep playoff run either this season or next, she could surpass Johnson as well.

These numbers state just how key Charles has been to the Liberty since arriving in New York from Connecticut. Additionally, in four years with the franchise, Charles in top ten in eight categories including scoring average (1st,19.3%), rebounds (1st, 1,162) and assists (8th, 344).  There is no telling how many more years Charles can, or will continue to play basketball in New York or elsewhere. Nevertheless, Charles has undisputedly made her mark on the New York Liberty and shows no signs of stopping.

In addition to posting ring of honor-worthy stats in New York, Charles is also making her mark on the all-time league leading charts.  As of today, Charles has a total of 4,604 career points, good enough for 22nd in WNBA history behind Penny Taylor (4606).  Therefore, from her very first made shot in Atlanta tonight, Charles will have caught up to a legend of the league and added to her own legacy.

New York will take on the Atlanta Dream tonight at 7:30pm ET on the MSG Network.  The Liberty return home on Sunday to host the Los Angeles Sparks at 3:00pm ET on NBA TV.