Annastasia Tobin (pictured above) First-grader, Newark, New Jersey
I assume you’re a big Liberty fan. We’ve watched Liberty games on TV since I was 4 years old. Mommy K, my mom’s girlfriend, got us the tickets.
What was the best part of the night? When we got to take pictures with the players. We met Kahleah Copper, and I took a picture with her. And the shouts. My favorite word to shout is “Defense!”
What else do you like to do? I love to dance, even in my room at night. “Purple Rain” is my favorite song. I want Prince to come to my birthday party, but Mommy tells me he’s dead.
College student, Canarsie
Youth organizer, East New York
Digital-strategy manager, Bedford-Stuyvesant
What brought you here?
Oh, I’m a big Liberty fan. The WNBA is a crazy-competitive league. I’ve been watching it for most of my life, since it formed in ’97. The level of actual basketball is so high. I always preach to my friends that the WNBA is just as good as the NBA. Real basketball heads know that.
Beauty-brand co-founder, Riverdale
College student, Baltimore
High-school student, River Vale, New Jersey
Teacher, East New York
Did Brittney Griner’s case come up tonight?
When it was time to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” both teams walked off the court. My daughter asked why, and we told her it was because we have had a Black WNBA player stuck overseas and no one’s doing anything about it.
Former personal assistant, Newark, New Jersey
Velmont Miller II
Liquor-store manager, Park Slope
Eat anything good at the game?
I’m a Nets season-ticket holder, and I’ve noticed that there aren’t as many food stands open at Barclays on WNBA nights as there are on NBA ones. I was trying to find something that’s not fried because I’ve got a little cholesterol thing going on, but my options were limited. I ended up getting a hamburger.
Kindergartner, Newark, New Jersey
UX designer, East Williamsburg
Designer, East Village
Fourth-grader, East New York
Who’s your favorite player?
DiDi Richards. I put my hair out in two ponytails to match with her. And on Chicago Sky, Candace Parker. When there were only 19 seconds left, they put her in, and she thought of a real quick plan and they won.
Nurse, Ukrainian Village, Chicago
Cordelia K. Banks
Physical-therapy aide, Bloomfield, New Jersey
Syola Ince Lewis
Cashier, East New York
Nonprofit fellow, Harlem
Photographs by Timothy O’Connell