Unlikely stars help lift Liberty, Silver Stars to conference finals

Originally Published: September 22, 2008
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

We know Essence Carson's story well, of course: A top scholar, a music virtuoso, her late grandmother's golden child, the voice of immeasurable dignity for Rutgers in the circus that program had to endure after the 2007 Final Four. But what about Edwige Lawson-Wade? Oh, dear. We don't know much.

But they are alike in this: The playoffs are the time when players can unexpectedly become MVPs for a game when it really matters most. And both Carson and Lawson-Wade did that Monday ...

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