Liberty Top Sky In Thriller

The New York Liberty closed out the road portion of their regular season with an emotional 69-62 win over Chicago on Friday night, as the Libertyís Shameka Christon lit up the Sky for 27 points.

With the game tied 62-62 with 23 seconds remaining, Christon stuck a dagger in Chicagoís heart with a long, 25-foot three point that hit nothing but net to lift New York to victory.

Christonís shot made for a fitting end to a wild and wacky second half.

New York entered the final quarter up 52-48 after Christon erupted for 14 points in the third, knocking down five of seven shots to wake the Liberty out of an offensive slumber. However, it was the Sky that carried momentum into the fourth quarter, thanks to a Candace Dupree catch-and-shoot jumper off an inbounds pass with just 0.3 seconds left in the third.

The two teams then went back and forth throughout the entire fourth quarter, unable to shake free from the other in what turned into an emotional battle of wills. After shooting just 2-for-11 in the first half from behind the arc, New York was relentless, going a remarkable 4-for-7 from three-point range in the second to keep them in the game.

With 41 seconds left and the game tied, Ashley Battle had a chance to give the Liberty the lead. However, the reliable Battle missed both free throws. Still, what usually would prove to be devastating misses turned out to be fortuitous as the Libs pulled down the offensive board which led to Christonís dramatic game-winner.

Following a disappointing loss to the Indiana Fever just 24 hours prior to tip-off, the re-emergence of Christon, playing her third game back from a hamstring injury, was a welcome sign for the Liberty because head Coach Pat Coyle will undoubtedly rely on the star guard in the postseason. In addition to a game high 27 points, Christon shot 5-for-9 from behind-the-arc while chipping in with two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Up front, Jessica Davenport proved to be a force, abusing rookie sensation Sylvia Fowles to record her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Rookie Erlana Larkins also continued to impress, making the most out of her extended minutes with Janel McCarville and Tiffany Jackson out day-to-day with injuries. Larkins scored 12 points along with five rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot.

In the backcourt, another rookie, Leilani Mitchell, played valuable minutes off the bench. The point guard sparked her court time with timely hoops, finishing the game with seven points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist.

New York goes for win No. 20 in the regular-season finale at 4 p.m. on Sunday, as the Liberty host the Eastern Conference leading Detroit Shock on Fan Appreciation Day.