New York vs. San Antonio on Friday, June-22
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The Liberty hold the all-time series advantage (13-7) over the Silver Stars. New York is looking to even the season series after suffering a loss to San Antonio on Saturday, June 16 at the AT&T Center. San Antonio was led by Hammon with 22 points, while Shameka Christon and Loree Moore scored 15 points a piece for New York.
STRANGE, BUT TRUE
The last time the Liberty topped the Silver Stars on its home court came almost two years to the day. On June 21, 2005, New York improved its record to 5-4 with a 77-59 victory over San Antonio, led by Ann Wauters' game-high 20 points. Could history repeat itself on Friday?
Johnson is one of only seven players to have played in every season since the 1997 inaugural season and she entered the 2007 season ranked first all-time in the league for minutes played, a record she also holds for the Liberty with 8,950. Her 282 games played and 3,246 points also remain franchise records. Hammon, a three-time WNBA All-Star, played eight seasons in New York and left her own mark on several franchise statistical categories. Most notably, Hammon posted 2,367 points, which leaves her ranked second behind Johnson.
HEAD TO HEAD
Keep your guard up: New York’s backcourt of Moore (.455) and Erin Thorn (.412), currently rank amongst the Top 10 WNBA three-point field goal leaders, which has forced teams to extend its defensive pressure beyond-the-arc. The Silver Stars boast some sharp shooters of its own in Hammon and Shanna Crossley, who recently paved the way the team's franchise best 13 three-pointers.
Glass cleaning: The Liberty out-rebounded the Silver Stars in its last match-up, 34-31. Cathrine Kraayeveld, Ashley Battle and Jessica Davenport combined for 15 boards for New York, while San Antonio's Erin Buescher and Ruth Riley together pulled down 14.
Compiled by Elizabeth Martin