Liberty Outdoor Classic Photo Essay
Armed with a press pass, a courtside seat and a digital camera, I arrived a the Liberty Outdoor Classic ready to record this historic game with a photo essay. I will be updating this page throughout the game and postgame, so make sure to check back for the latest images from Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Note: All photos courtesy of Brian Martin and Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images.
Posted 9:40 p.m. ET
That's a Wrap
The final fireworks are set off as the crowd begins to file out of Arthur Ashe Stadium. (Brian Martin/NBAE)
The teams exchange high fives following the Fever's 71-55 victory over the Liberty. (Brian Martin/NBAE)
Posted 9:40 p.m. ET
Liberty mascot Maddie throws T-shirts out to the crowd during the fourth quarter. (Brian Martin/NBAE)
Posted 9:30 p.m. ET
Faces in the Crowd
Actor Matthew Modine (left) and former football player and commentator Boomer Esiason (right) watch the game from courtside seats next to the Liberty basket. (Brian Martin/NBAE)
Posted 9:10 p.m. ET
Fever Pulling Away in the Third Quarter
With her team trailing by 12 points late in the third quarter, New York head coach Pat Coyle calls a 20-second timeout. (Brian Martin/NBAE)
Posted 8:40 p.m. ET
Images from the first half
New York's Essence Carson shoots over Indiana's Tammy Sutton-Brown. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
Indiana's Tamika Catchings goes for a loose ball against New York's Cathrine Kraayeveld. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
Indiana's Ebony Hoffman and Tamika Catchings go up for a rebound (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
New York's Janel McCarville shoots against Indiana's Katie Douglas. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
Indiana's Tamika Catchings, who scored a game-high tying 11 points in the first half, shoots a free throw. (Brian Martin/NBAE)
At halftime, the Fever lead the Liberty, 33-29. (Brian Martin/NBAE)
Posted 7:45 p.m. ET
We have fireworks and tip-off at the Outdoor Classic
New York's Janel McCarville is introduced to the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. (Brian Martin/NBAE)
New York's Essence Carson is introduced to the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
The game is underway from Arthur Ashe Stadium (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
Posted 7:15 p.m. ET
Catching Up With Tamika Catchings Prior to the Outdoor Classic
Fever assistant coach Gary Kloppenburg and Tamika Catchings about 90 minutes before tip-off. (Brian Martin/NBAE)
Tamika is playing tonight after sitting out last night's game vs. Seattle
The heel feels good. I got kicked in it Wednesday night and more than anything it was just a precaution as far as not playing last night. I really wanted to play. Just give me a chance to play back to back but they wanted me to take another day off and get ready for this game especially with it being outside. Not really knowing how my Achilles would feel after last night’s game then coming into this game, so we just played it safe.
She is no stranger to playing outside
"When I was at Tennessee we played a game against Arizona State and we played where the Diamondbacks play. It was cool, they had the top open. It was hot, but once you get into the game and once you get into a flow, you kind of forget about your surroundings and it’s just like any game."
First impressions of the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium after she finished warming up
"It’s cool, but it’s just weird. When you go out there and you see the sky and you see the stands. On one hand it’s the same as being inside and then the other side its like okay I can feel the wind, that’s weird. Your shot kind of goes off, the wind pushes it a little bit, so it will be interesting. One of the coaches came up to me and said 'Make sure you shoot a little bit to the left, so the wind pushes it right.' I’m like 'Okay we’re not going to be doing all of that scientific stuff.'"
Catchings talks with a member of the media about 60 minutes before tip-off. (Brian Martin/NBAE)
Team adjustments that will need to be made for tonight
"Probably the biggest thing that both teams are concerned about is making sure we stay hydrated. You’re probably see everybody with the wet towels around their necks especially when they come out of the game, just to try to keep your body temperature low and stay hydrated as much as we can. We’ll definitely have faster rotations. That goes back to being cautions about not wanting to overheat players. We both have the depth that has made us so successful. I know both coaches. We tried it out a little bit last night and I’m sure she’ll do the same tonight."
Not only is this game historic, it is important for the Eastern Conference standings
"This is a huge test. I think the biggest thing for us is that before we want to go into the break we want to finish. Last night’s game was definitely a disappointment for us losing to Seattle. Thinking about the last time we played New York, it was triple overtime, there were a lot of defensive lapses that we had as a team that forced us to go into three overtimes and then lose it. For us coming out tonight is going to be a huge test because they are playing great basketball, really since that game, they’ve picked it up another notch. Their whole team overall is playing really well together."
The wall of champions inside the men's locker room (aka the Fever locker room) at Arthur Ashe Stadium. (Brian Martin/NBAE)
First impression when she walked into the Fever locker room at Arthur Ashe Stadium
"Oh it was awesome! I told them I want our locker room to be redesigned just like this. We don’t need all of this locker room space, but gosh, this is first class. We were wondering beforehand, which locker room are we going to get? Are we going to get the women’s locker room or the men’s locker room? We got the men’s locker room. It’s really nice, you should take a tour. We already took the tour."
Posted 6:55 p.m. ET
Welcome to the Liberty Outdoor Classic at Arthur Ashe Stadium
Liberty players - as well as the dance teams - warm up about 90 minutes prior to tip-off. (Brian Martin/NBAE)