Go West

Each summer, a little over a month into the season, the Liberty packs its bags and boards a plane bound for the west coast. But this is no vacation. Instead, its a series of match-ups against tough Western Conference clubs.

Last year at this time, New York was coming off of two losses before heading into its annual western swing and actually held the same record it currently does going into the trip at 7-6. This season, the team is riding high off of two historic games played on The Garden floor, posting 100-plus points twice for the first time in the franchise's 12-year history. So as the Liberty heads into five matches across 11 days, four states and two time zones, it is looking to fair better than last year's trip record of 1-2.

Although it has been a bumpy one for New York, holding a 1-4 overall road record this summer, the team does currently match up best against Western Conference teams at 4-2. Going into this trip, the Liberty leads four out of five series against teams from the West. New York will meet with two clubs, Los Angeles and San Antonio, during this road trip that they have yet to see this season.

NYLiberty.com will take brief a look at each meeting as the Liberty makes its way up and down the left coast and through the Lone Star State before returning home on Saturday, July 12.

Opponent: Seattle Storm
Date: Thursday, July 3
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m. (Local)
TV: None

New York is looking to earn its first win in Seattle since June 26, 2004 and the first sweep of the season series since 2002. The Liberty played the Storm on June 3 at Madison Square Garden, coming out victorious 77-63. New York should hope for the same strong tip-off it had in the Big Apple, having started the game on 22-6 run. Although Seattle's roster is veteran heavy, New York must use its quickness to get up and down the court. It'll be all about big baskets and big defensive stops in this game.

Opponent: Phoenix Mercury
Date: Saturday, July 5
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m. (Local)
TV: None

It's a classic case of home court advantage in this series. With Mercury holding an 8-3 record when hosting the Liberty, New York is hoping that its lead in the all-time series history at 15-9 will help in another season series sweep. Since Liberty not only won, but also had its best offensive performance in franchise history against Phoenix last week and has been breaking records ever since, who knows what's next for this match-up. If New York can keep two of the WNBA's best scorers in Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter, at bay, it could very well find itself with another road 'W.'

Next Up: San Antonio Silver Stars

Compiled by Ria Charles & Maria Villena


6/28 – New York Liberty 78, Sacramento Monarchs 82
With a lead at half-time, New York was unable to control the tempo and fell to the host Sacramento to start off its west coast swing at 0-1 … The Liberty shot fifty-percent from the field in the first half and limited the Monarchs to 41.4-percent … Both clubs collected 13 boards, but New York was lifted behind the play of Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld, who added nine and seven points respectively to give the visitors a 38-30 lead at the break … The Monarchs outscored the Liberty in the second half … New York was unable to execute at the free throw line, netting only 11 of its 24 attempts and was ultimately the team’s downfall … With the win, Sacramento swept New York in the season series … Christon and Janel McCarville combined for 30 points, while Kara Lawson posted a game-high 21 points.

7/1 – New York Liberty 89, Los Angeles Sparks 78
With an eleven point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, the Liberty got hot at the right time and mounted a furious come-back for its second road win of the season … Lisa Leslie led the way for Los Angeles with 10 first half points, but Shameka Christon countered with 12 of her own keeping New York down just seven heading into the break … DeLisha Milton-Jones’ bank shot with two seconds left in the third put the Liberty down 62-51 entering the final frame … After cutting the lead to 66-61, the Liberty went on a 22-8 run to take a nine point lead with just under two minutes remaining in the game … Janel McCarville scored seven of her 15 points down the stretch while Christon and Leilani Mitchell each added six …In the fourth, the Sparks missed 10 of 15, while the Liberty made 11 of 14, en route to victory … Christon led the way for New York with a career-high 28 points … McCarville had 15, while Cathrine Kraayeveld and Mitchell added 14 and 13 respectively.