Opening Day Game Preview: Connecticut Sun @ New York Liberty

Liberty 2007 Series Sun
71.5 PPG 71.3 
42.4 FG% 41.0
34.8 3PT FG% 30.6
31.75 REBOUNDS 35.0

Connecticut Sun @ New York Liberty
Sunday, May 18, 2008 – 4PM
Arena: Madison Square Garden
TV: MSG

2007 Season Series: Tied 2-2 
All-Time Regular Season Series: Connecticut leads 17-16
 

New York will open its season for just the fourth time in franchise history on The Garden floor ... The Liberty and Sun have previously faced off during the WNBA's opening weekend in the 2006 season, as NewYork fell to Connecticut 74-91 ... Both teams will face off two more times in the regular season, with the Liberty making two road trips (May 30, July 15) to Mohegan Sun.

KEY MATCHUP

Loree Moore
Position: Guard
Ht: 5-9 
Experience: 4th Season
'07 Avgs: 9.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.3 apg

Lindsay Whalen
Position: Guard
Ht: 5-8
Experience: 5th Season
'07 Avgs: 13.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.0 apg
Skinny: Although Connecticut will open its season on May 17, expect both clubs to come out hungry for an early season win on Sunday ... The Liberty will return to Madison Square Garden with its core group from last summer, however the Sun is without its leading scorer in Katie Douglas and rebounder in Margo Dydek ... Floor leaders Loree Moore and Lindsay Whalen will look to push the tempo -- both guards were amongst the WNBA's top 10 assists leaders last season ... New York struggled in its series against Connecticut in 2007, but managed to win its last match-up on August 17, en route to a thrilling Playoff berth two days later.

2007 TEAM LEADERS
LIBERTY

Points: S. Christon - 11.2
Rebounds: J. McCarville - 4.8
Assists: L. Moore - 4.8
SUN

Points: K. Douglas - 17.0
Rebounds: M. Dydek - 6.5
Assists: L. Whalen - 4.97
Etc.: The Liberty holds an all-time 3-8 record on Opening Day ... Last season, New York captured its first season opening victory since the 1999 season, with a 83-71 triumph over the Chicago Sky in front of its largest crowd of the summer (11,341).

Opening Day only happens once a year, reserve your tickets now for May 18th. To purchase, click here, visit The Garden Box Office or call 877-WNBA-TIX.