2nd Annual Golden Maddies: Best Game

The nominees for the second annual Golden Maddies Best Game (Oscar equivalent: Best Picture) are as follows. Cast your vote at the bottom of the page and stay tuned for the next category.



Madison Square Garden
06/22/08 – PHX 72, NY 105

Highlight Reel: First time in franchise history to score 100-plus points ... New WNBA record is set by Liberty reserves after scoring 62 points, the most ever from a bench ... Jackson notches career-high of 21 points on eight for eight shooting.

The Liberty achieved a record-setting win over the defending champions on its home floor, notching a franchise record 105 points … Trailing 10-4 to open the game, New York used a 24-5 run to take the lead heading into the second frame … Phoenix cut the deficit to 35-21, but the hosts fired back with a 15-4 run spanning six minutes … Cappie Pondexter's nailed a three pointer at the buzzer to send Phoenix into the break trailing 52-30 ... The 52 first half points were a season-high for New York ... The Mercury pulled within 20 points, however the Liberty denied them the chance to get any further ... With 2:18 remaining on the clock, rookie Erlana Larkins banked in the Liberty’s 100th point … Ashley Battle turned in 17 points in 14 minutes … New York’s bench notched a WNBA season-high of 62 points, outscoring Phoenix’s 21 points … Tiffany Jackson, off the bench, scored a career-high 21 points … Diana Taurasi added 21 for the visitors.

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Madison Square Garden
06/26/08 – IND 96, NY 102 (3 OT)

Highlight Reel: Second 100-plus point game in club history, just four days after first time ... First triple overtime game in franchise history ... Game ties for second longest in overtime periods in WNBA history ... McCarville nets a then career-high 31 points ... Liberty snaps four-game losing streak against Fever.

In its first triple overtime match in franchise history, the Liberty came up victorious in its second 100-plus point game in one week … New York rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second quarter to out-rebound the Fever 46-42 … The game was sent into the first overtime after Cathrine Kraayeveld hit a three-pointer with 6.3 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 72-72. Tamika Catchings nailed her own trey with 4.4 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Fever an 88-87 lead. She committed a foul on Janel McCarville with one second remaining in the next play. McCarville hit one of two free throws and sent the game into the second overtime. Up 92-90 with 1:07 left in the second overtime, Tammy Sutton-Brown's putback with 10 seconds remaining tied the game again at 92-92. In the third overtime, New York went on an 8-0 run to close out the game … McCarville scored a career-high 31 points and Shameka Christon added 23.

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Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)
07/01/08 – NY 89, LA 78

Highlight Reel: First win of five-game Western Conference swing ... Classic Liberty come from behind win with team effort ... 28 fourth period points from New York makes for a new franchise high, most points scored in a quarter ... Christon earns new career-high of 28 points on the way to winning her first career WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor.

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.

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Madison Square Garden
07/25/08 – LA 68, NY 69

Highlight Reel: Down to the wire win erupts The Garden faithful, as the Liberty wins its fifth of the last six games ... New York sweeps Los Angeles for the second time in its all-time regular season series history ... Jackson leads team in rebounding with six on the night, in what would be her last home game appearance for the season before being sidelined by injury.

Janel McCarville lifted the Liberty over the Sparks on a lay-up with 6.4 seconds remaining … New York led throughout the game, causing Los Angeles to battle back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter, mirroring the hole that the Liberty had to dig itself out of at the Staples Center on 7/1 … A 9-1 run by the Sparks pulled them within three points with just over three and a half minutes remaining in the game … New York pushed its lead to five on a basket from Ashley Battle … The next six points were netted by the visitors and the lead was given to Los Angeles with just under 45 seconds to go … In the following possession, Cathrine Kraayeveld nailed a three pointer to get the Liberty on top by two … Kiesha Brown netted a trey for her squad, leaving 15 seconds on the game clock … Down one point, McCarville drove to the basket to score the winning bucket over Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker … Leslie’s attempt on the other end of the court failed … McCarville had 15 points and Shameka Christon added 13 for the Libs.

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Reliant Arena (Houston, TX)
09/02/08 – NY 90, HOU 87 (OT)

Highlight Reel: Another series sweep for the Liberty over the Comets, the first since 2004 ... McCarville and Willis utilize their best assets in the post and on the perimeter to send New York into a three-game win streak.

The Liberty snapped a two-game skid with an overtime win in Houston to wrap the season series at 2-0 … New York held the lead at the break, 39-29, with Janel McCarville and Lisa Willis leading the charge with 14 and 10 points respectively … In the final quarter, Tina Thompson and Matee Ajavon combined to score 15 of the Comets 20 points … The hosts rallied to tie the score at 76-76 on Mistie Williams’ pair of free throws … McCarville netted eight points in overtime to boost the Liberty’s offensive line … Ashley Battle knocked down a three pointer to push New York ahead and secured the overtime win … With her career-high of 33 points, McCarville become the second player in franchise history to score the most points in a single game … Willis also recorded a career-high of 22 points off the bench … Thompson netted a game-high 34.

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Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT)
09/22/08 – NY 66, CT 62

Highlight Reel: New York returns to the WNBA elite with a fifth appearance in the Conference Finals ... Rookie Carson comes through in the clutch with veteran maturity, a strong drive to the basket with under 30 seconds to go and the season on the line ... Liberty earns first Playoff road win since 2004.

New York earned its fifth trip to the Eastern Conference Finals with a Game Three victory over the Sun … Trailing by two points, Shameka Christon knocked down a three pointer with just under a minute and a half to go to keep the Liberty’s post-season hopes alive … New York shot 51-percent in the first half to head into the break up 37-33 … Essence Carson scored eight of the Liberty’s 12 third quarter points on the way to her team-high 15 points … Connecticut brought the game to a tie at 53 with just under four minutes to go until Carson hit a 22-footer to push New York ahead once again … Loree Moore connected on a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three until Barbara Turner nailed a trey to tie the score at 58 with just under three minutes to go … The Sun went up 60-58 on Lindsay Whalen’s 15-footer, but Christon connected on her three pointer in the next trip down the court to edge the hosts 61-60 … Carson then made a strong drive to the basket with 23 seconds to go … Erlana Larkins’ one of two foul shots extended the Liberty’s lead to four … Tamika Whitmore sunk a jump shot in the paint to bring the Sun within two points, but Turner sent Erin Thorn to the line with 1.5 seconds remaining and the win was secured when the Liberty veteran connected on both.

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