Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
New York Liberty (16-18) vs. Detroit Shock (24-10)
(Detroit wins series 2-1)
Game 1 at MSG: New York 73, Detroit 51
Game 2 at Detroit: Detroit 76, New York 73
Game 3 at Detroit: Detroit 71, New York 70 (OT)
  • Game 1 Gardenvision Intro
  • Mary Murphy Previews the Series
  • Team Members on Their Playoff Mindset

  • McCarville, Christon on Playoffs

  • Coyle's Reaction to Clinching Berth
  • The Liberty and Shock faced off four times in the 2007 regular season … Two of the matches resulted in overtime, with both teams capturing one win each … The last time New York hosted Detroit in the regular season, it won with a buzzer beater from Erin Thorn with 3.3 seconds on the game clock … The Liberty and Fever were the only teams to hand the defending WNBA Champions two losses this season.

    Janel McCarville lays the ball up over the Shock's Katie Feenstra and Shannon Johnson.
    Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images

    GAME RECAP: August 12 – Detroit 84, New York 85: The Liberty rallied from a 13-point third quarter deficit and captured the victory with a buzzer-beating running jumper from Erin Thorn to keep its post-season hopes alive … New York poured in 32 first quarter points to lead Detroit by four … The Shock received four straight baskets from reserve forward Plenette Pierson in the final two minutes of the second period to bring the score to a tie at 49 … Coming out of the half, Detroit used a 19-2 run to take a 64-51 lead … To start the fourth, the Liberty went on its own run (12-2) to pull within three points … Janel McCarville scored four straight points to pull New York to 72-70 … Deanna Nolan extended the lead to five after nailing a trey, however the Liberty brought it back with a free throw from Ashley Battle and lay-up from Tiffany Jackson … Loree Moore hit a three of her own and the Liberty were within one with just over five minutes to play … Nolan answered with another three and a jumper to push Detroit's lead to six … After Nolan hit another jumper with 2:13 left, Battle's trey 20 seconds later pulled the Liberty to 84-81 … Cathrine Kraayeveld connected on a lay-up with 41.9 seconds to go to pull New York within one … On the next play, the Liberty grabbed the rebound off of Nolan’s missed jumper in the lane, leaving 25 seconds on the game clock … New York then retained possession three times when the ball went out of bounds, including the final time with 3.3 seconds left … Nolan led all scorers with 19 points … Jackson led the Liberty with 16 points and six rebounds, and five other players finished in double figures: Janel McCarville (14), Thorn (11), Battle (11) and Moore (11).

    GAME RECAP: July 18 – New York 82, Detroit 87 (OT): The Liberty and Shock kept a steady pace with one another to open the game, but at the end of the first quarter, it was New York in front 17-14 … The Liberty shot .467 from the field, while the Shock hit five of 10 for .500 shooting … The Liberty maintained its lead through the second quarter, led by Janel McCarville with eight points and six boards … Deanna Nolan led the Shock with 10 first half points and three rebounds … Detroit edged New York on the glass, pulling down 17-16 … In the first half, the Liberty shot .545 from long-range, led by Erin Thorn and reserve guard Ashley Battle, with two of three shooting apiece … Heading into the half, New York led 39-33 … The Shock outscored the Liberty in the third quarter, 18-13, and took its first lead of the game with .36 seconds remaining in the third … New York took it back in the next play with a field goal by Barbara Farris and ended the quarter up 52-51 … The Shock continued to fight back in the fourth, once again outscoring the Liberty, 19-18 … Up 70-69 with 1:28 remaining, Detroit’s Swin Cash committed a foul on Shameka Christon’s lay-up … Christon converted the three-point play to tied the score at 70 … Neither team was able to execute in the final two possessions of the game and sent it into overtime … The Shock went on a 9-2 run in overtime and secured the win … Ashley Battle scored seven of her 17 points in the extra period, and Janel McCarville also added 17, with nine boards … Deanna Nolan led all scorers with 21 points.

    GAME RECAP: July 6 – New York 82, Detroit 81 (OT): After nearly four minutes without a basket by either team, Deanna Nolan hit a jumper with 6:19 remaining in the 1st quarter … New York started the game 0-6, but went 5-8 from the field to finish the quarter with a total of 15 points led by Loree Moore with seven … In the second quarter, Detroit answered a New York 7-2 run, with a 9-2 run of their own to earn their largest lead of the game at eight … Back to back three pointers by Moore and Christon helped New York close to within five just before the end of the half … Cheryl Ford led all scorers with 12 points and also pulled down a first half high six rebounds … Moore led New York with ten first half points and two assists … In the third quarter, Erin Thorn hit a three pointer to tie the game at 37-37 with her first points since returning from a sprained ankle that kept her sidelined for four games … Moore earned her fourth assist of the night on McCarville’s made basket that cut the Shock lead to one, entering the final period with the score 49-48 … Christon’s three pointer at the 8:44 mark gave New York its first lead since late in the first quarter when the score was 15-13 … After spending much of the first half on the bench due to foul trouble, Kraayeveld scored 12 points in the fourth quarter … Nolan hit a three pointer with 4.2 second remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime … New York scored the first 6 points of overtime and held on for the win…McCarville recorded her first career double-double with career highs in points with 18 and rebounds with 12 … Moore finished with a career high 9 assists … Ford led all scorers with 22 points and pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds … The Liberty defeated the Shock 82-81 in overtime to snap a nine-game losing streak in Detroit.

    GAME RECAP: June 8 – Detroit 67, New York, 57: The Liberty hit the ground running in the first quarter, led by Cathrine Kraayeveld, who scored eight of the team’s 19 first-quarter points, to give New York a 7-point lead over Detroit … Both teams grabbed eight rebounds a piece … The Shock outscored the Liberty in the second quarter, 21-8, led by Deanna Nolan … The Shock led at half-time 33-27 … In the third quarter, New York fought back by using a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to five … New York and Detroit each collected six rebounds in the fourth … New York outscored Detroit 8-2 in the paint in the final quarter, behind the play of Shameka Christon, who scored 14 of her game-high 18 points … Plenette Pierson came off the bench to score 13 points for the Shock.

    By the Numbers: All-Time Regular Season New York vs. Detroit
    High Point Game, Individual26, Sophia Witherspoon, 8/19/9834, Deanna Nolan, 6/3/05
    High Point Game, Team87, 8/10/0391, 6/28/99
    Low Point Game, Team53, 8/6/0652, 5/26/04

    2007 New York vs. Detroit (2-2)
    DateSiteW/LScoreLiberty High ScorerShock High Scorer
    June 8New YorkL67-57Christon – 18Nolan – 17
    July 6DetroitW81-82 (OT)McCarville – 18Ford – 22
    July 18DetroitL82-87 (OT)McCarville – 17Nolan – 21
    August 12New YorkW84-85Jackson – 16Nolan – 19