Upcoming Home Match-Ups: Liberty vs. Houston and Seattle
Opponent: Houston Comets
Date: Friday, July 20
TV: MSG (Local) | NBA TV (National)
THE UPPER HAND
When playing Houston, New York possesses an advantage not only on The Garden floor (7-4), but also in the all-time series history (12-9). The Comets and Liberty have yet to face off this season, however did meet during the 2007 pre-season on May 12th, which resulted in a 74-63 New York victory ... Cathrine Kraayeveld led the Liberty with 13 points and seven boards and Shameka Christon poured in 11 points and three rebounds.
The Liberty is the WNBA's leading three-point shooting team ... In the pre-season match-up versus the Comets, four New York players combined to connect on nine shots from the three-point line, finishing with a 40.9 shooting percentage from beyond the arc … The long-range scoring surge was led by Kraayeveld and Erin Thorn with three each … Christon recorded two and Ashley Battle netted one.
In 2006, Houston swept its season series against New York, grabbing victories on June 9th and June 16th ... Tina Thompson was the leading scorer in both match-ups, posting 23 and 22 points, respectively.
Liberty guard Loree Moore will take the court against her former University of Tennessee teammate, Comets center Michelle Snow … These Lady Vols played together during in the 2001-2002 season, when Moore, a freshman, averaged 5.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg and a team-leading 3.91 assists per contest and Snow, capped her senior season as a Naismith College Player of the Year finalist.
The in-arena theme for the game will be "Rock and Roll Night."
Opponent: Seattle Storm
Date: Sunday, July 22
TV: MSG (Local) | NBA TV (National)
Despite coming off a hot win over the Los Angeles Sparks during its west coast haul, the Liberty suffered its most lop-sided loss of the season against the Storm ay Key Arena on July 1st ... New York is seeking to even its season series against Seattle on the 22nd ... In its all-time series versus Seattle, New York has claimed six victories out of 12 meetings … When playing the role of host to the Storm, the Liberty are 3-2 ... The last New York win at The Garden came in the 2005 season.
In its last meeting, the Liberty held the WNBA's leading scorer, Lauren Jackson, to her second lowest scoring game of the season (12 points) ... New York will look to repeat its pressure on Jackson on both ends of the court.
The Storm nearly doubled the Liberty's rebounds last time around, so New York will look to get bigger and tougher in the paint on July 22nd.
NEW YORK PRODUCTS
The Liberty’s Shay Doron and the Storm’s Sue Bird share a number of connections … Both guards spent their high school years at Christ the King in Queens … Each player grew up in Long Island, with Doron in Great Neck and Bird in Syosset … They also have claimed national championships in their collegiate programs … Doron helped lead the Maryland Terrapins to a NCAA title in 2006, while Bird holds two rings from UCONN in 2000 and 2002.
The match-up features four players from one of women’s college basketball’s most storied rivalries … Liberty guard Loree Moore, Shyra Ely and Ashley Robinson from the Storm played under Pat Summit at the University of Tennessee, while Liberty guard Ashley Battle and Storm guard Sue Bird were Huskies at the University of Connecticut under Geno Auriemma.
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